I don’t think I have made pretzels since my own childhood, and I never really felt like trying again. However, Daphne is a dedicated pretzel fan, and the jar of pretzels at our house was empty. Lina and Daphne were ready to run out to Winco to get more, and I told them we didn’t have the car today. They were brainstorming for a while -“I’ll just watch out the window and see if there is a car we could borrow,” or “We could call Nana and she could take us.”
Since I didn’t really want to put out the “HELP! HELP! We are out of pretzels” alarm, I suggested we make some. I had to warn them that they would not be like the pretzels they know so well, but rather big and smooshy. They were o.k. with that. Now, I want to tell you that I am not saying these are the best pretzels out there or anything like it, but they were shockingly easy and didn’t even have to rest or rise or anything – making them perfect for what we needed. A mid morning project that turned into an early lunch that made the children forget that we are out of pretzels. If you happen to have any warm bread lovers at your house, this is an easy way to satisfy.
1 1/2 c. warm water, 1 packet rapid rise yeast, 1 T. sugar, 1 t. salt. Mix together with enough flour to make a stiff dough. Knead a bit, and then cut into pieces (we made four). Roll into snakes, coil into pretzel like shapes. We did an egg white wash and salt, then baked at 425 for about 20 minutes.