Making these totally non-authentic pretzels are a fun activity for preschoolers. We made some this morning.
Makes 6 large pretzels
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2-3 cups all-purpose unbleached or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm milk (approximately 1 minute in the microwave)
I doubled the recipe, but didn't need to.
A grown up should do the first part. Put the milk, yeast and sugar in a mixer bowl. Let it sit a few minutes until bubbly. I spent the five minutes washing little girl hands. Preheat oven to 425.
Add in 2 cups of the flour which has been premixed with the salt to avoid killing the yeast.
Mix until it forms a stretchy dough adding flour as necessary. Let the mixer knead it (or knead by hand) for five minutes.
Then it's time for fun and help.
Divide dough into six portions. Lightly flour a table or cutting board and make dough snakes. Ours somehow came out to different lengths, but that is OK. This blog is about real life preschool fun, not pretty food.
Let the snakes sleep for 5 minutes. Lightly oil a cookie sheet.
After five minutes curl the snakes up into pretzel (or other) shapes. Sprinkle with water. Sprinkle with salt. If you want to get fancy and you don't have a toddler testing ingredients, try an egg wash.
Bake for about 15 minutes. They are done when golden brown.
Yummy. Pretzels! Eat as soon as they are cool enough to touch.