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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Make Your Own Pretzels

Cooper Duncan and Blair Popp have fun making creative pretzel shapes.
As part of the Today's Family Kids in the Kitchen series, we have an easy recipe for making perfect pretzels that's both fun and delicious.  Try it out with your kiddos!

½ cup warm water
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
11/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
About 1 to 2 Tbsp of course salt
Topping options: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
1. In a medium size bowl, place ½ cup of the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast and granulated sugar on top of the water and let proof for 5 minutes. This mixture should have a strong yeast smell and should be foamy after 5 minutes.  
2. Stir the honey and salt into the yeast mixture until the honey has dissolved. Add the flour and stir until completely incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a board or counter and knead for 5 minutes.  
3. Divide the dough into two or four sections and divide among those participating in the pretzel-making process.
4. Place the pretzel shapes onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the egg over each pretzel and top with the coarse salt or optional seeds.
5. Place on an upper middle rack of the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Photos and Recipe by Melissa Donald


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