Friday, January 18, 2013

Freeform Pretzels

This activity was so easy (and yummy!) and the kids loved the process as well as the result.

We made up a basic pretzel dough (recipe below)


Then on a floured table top they kneaded and rolled the dough into thin sausages

Then twisted and formed it into any shape they liked.

We ended up with letters, windows, teacups, hearts, balls and even a Nerf gun!

The kids loved 'breaking the rules' of the normal recipe which instructs you to shape the dough into a generic pretzel twist.

After all the dough was used up we placed the dough on some baking paper on oven trays. Brushed them with the beaten egg and sprinkled them with some Himilayan rock salt.

They didn't take long in the oven (approx 12 mins at 180) and even better, they didn't take long to cool down. Perfect cause they smelt and tasted sooo yummy! We had them for afternoon tea with some cold slices of watermelon. Even Ladybug demolished all of hers.


We'll definitely repeat this activity but next time might try some variations using whole meal flour or adding chia seeds to the mix.

Pretzel dough:
1 pkg yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar (we used dextrose)
4 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
Rock salt (we used Himalayan)

Pour the warm water into a bowl and sprinkle on the yeast and stir.
Add remaining ingredients and mix until dough forms.
We baked it in the oven for about 12 minutes at 180 degrees.
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