The word pretzel comes from the word bracellae, meaning little arms, so this is a perfect treat to have the kids join in. They are super fun, easy and quite tasty. Here is how you can make your own!
Mix 1 pkg. active dry yeast with 1Tbs sugar in 1 ½ cups lukewarm water. The mixture should bubble and get a crowd pleasing reaction from the younger kids. Stir in 1tsp. salt and 4 cups flour. Place on a floured board and knead in ½ cup more flour. Knead for about 8 minutes, or use a dough hook on your Kitchenaid. Divide into pieces, roll into ropes, and shape into pretzels. Let rise until about double in size. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place pretzels on greased cookie sheet. Brush with a mixture of 1 egg yolk mixed with 2Tbs water, and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy and rejoice for springtime, going barefoot, and that really bright thing in the sky… I think that they call it the sun. Be safe and happy pretzelling!