Inspired by Annie Novak’s lovely blog post on her site, Growing Chefs (the website for her organization that provides field-to-fork educational programs for kids), we decided to stay in on Saturday and make pretzels. As promised, it is the perfect activity to do with kids. All you have to do is mix a few basic ingredients together (flour, yeast, brown sugar, salt & milk) and knead for a short while:
Let the dough rise for about an hour and then divide it into 6 or 8 pieces. Roll the each one out into a log:
Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes and then stretch it again. Repeat 3 times if you can. Then twist them into pretzel shapes, or any kind of shape, really.
Paint them with some beaten egg and sprinkle with salt (0r herbs, if you like):
And put them in the oven at 425° for about 12 -14 minutes. Voilà! You should have lovely, chewy, salty pretzels.
Full disclosure: this cooking project was a lot of fun and perfect to do with my elementary school-aged children. However, what I don’t have a photo of is the moment that I dropped the tray as I was putting it into the oven, spilling all our perfectly formed pretzels onto the hot oven door where they started to sizzle whilst I had a minor meltdown. In a moment of clear-headed gallantry, my husband swooped down, grabbed the melting dough and immediately started to reform our pretzels and saved the day. They were still delicious.
For a complete recipe, click here to visit the Growing Chefs website and find out about the amazing work they are doing!