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S T A R   of   D A V I D   P R E T Z E L S

(not pictured. so sorry. we ate them all.  maybe another batch later.)

Here’s a fantastic recipe for homemade pretzels.  It’s easy enough that the older boys can make these on their own.  We like the traditional pretzel shape, which is supposedly a person’s arms folded in prayer.  But, Elijah experimented with several other shapes this year and settled on a favorite, a Star of David .  Once you have your eight equal pieces, roll them in long ropes.  Each rope will make one star.  Divide that one long rope into two equal halves and form the two, ideally, equilateral triangles by weaving alternately over and under the other equilateral triangle. Make the last join secure on the underside.

 

 

H O M E M A D E   S O F T   P R E T Z E L S,   R E C I P E

1 cup plus 2 Tbl. water (70-80 degrees)

3 c. all purpose flour (We use home-ground spelt or wheat and it works like a charm)

3 Tbl. brown sugar (We use Rapunzel/Rapidura)

1  1/2 tsp active dry yeast

(Later you’ll need 1/2 cup of baking soda added to a pot of 2 quarts of water .)

Knead the first four ingredients in a bread machine, processor, or by hand.  You may need to add 1-2 Tbl. of water or flour to get drier or wetter so the dough is nicely workable.  Divide dough into eight pieces and roll each into a star or pretzel shape.   Add baking soda to 2 quarts of water and bring it to a bubbly (beware) boil. Drop pretzels into the boiling water with a slotted spoon, two at a time, and let them boil for 10-15 seconds. (We turned them over halfway).  Remove them with slotted spoon and set them on a clean dry towel to ‘drip dry’ a bit. After all pretzels are boiled, take them off the towel, place them on a baking stone or pan, Sprinkle kosher salt (or cinnamon sugar for sweet pretzels).  Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. ( If you forgot to add salt or spice before baking, mist them with water after baking before sprinkling so the grains will adhere)   Yield: 8 yummy pretzels.  And, oh, the creative possibilities:  snowflakes, stars, snowmen, hearts, spell names or words…

(I don’t recommend doubling this recipe as it is harder to work the dough, particularly for kids.  BTW You can freeze these pretzels after they are boiled and blotted on the towel, or you can bake them first, then freeze.)

 

 

 

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