Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Spiritual Pretzel

My children love making pretzels during Lent. It is a family activity that recalls the Catholic symbolism present in the pretzel. Catholic Culture offers a wonderful explanation of this Lenten food and small ceremony that can be performed in the family to truly appreciate its significance.

Pretzels for God: Lent and the Pretzel

Easy Pretzel Recipe

1 pkg dry yeast
1 1/3 cps warm water
1/3 cps brown sugar
5 cps all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; add sugar and wait for yeast to activate (will form foamy layer across the water); slowly add flour until it forms a smooth ball; roll out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 min.; divide into 2 doz. equal pieces

Roll out each of the pieces into a 14" strand and twist into a pretzel shape.

In a large pot, bring to a simmer 6 cps. water and 6 tbs of baking powder; lower pretzels into the water with a spatula and allow to cook for approx. 30 sec.

Place Kosher salt on the bottom of a greased baking sheet. Place pretzels onto sheet after removing them from the water bath; Sprinkle the tops of the pretzels with salt.

Bake for 8 - 10 min. until pretzels are golden.


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