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Thursday, July 21, 2011


You can make this dough together and experiment rolling it into all kinds of shapes including the traditional "folded arms" of the pretzel--alphabet letters, numbers, animals--wherever your child's imagination goes! Having the smell of freshly-baked bread in your home is heavenly, too.

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1 egg, beaten
salt for sprinkling on top (optional)

Measure warm water into a large bowl, stir in the sugar and dissolve. Sprinkle on the yeast and let it activate for a few minutes. Add the salt and flour. Mix and knead the dough thoroughly. Roll and twist into shapes to your heart's content. Place on greased baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to paint the beaten egg onto the shapes and sprinkle with sea-salt if you like. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 12 to 15 minutes.

While you wait for your pretzels to come out of the oven, try a few yoga pretzel moves from the book below!

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