I had been doing some baking and Stella said she had really been wanting to bake – well I had just the recipe for her. As I was going though cookbooks and on-line recipes looking for a particular recipe that I could tweek I found a recipe in a cookbook from my elementary school! The recipe was for soft pretzels, it looked easy and like a fun thing to make. I shared the recipe with Stella and she was all for it! It was getting late and dinner still had not been put on the table, but she wanted to start NOW!
As she was finishing up with her nightly chores I got all the ingredients out and since this was her first time making a bread like recipe, I did supervise.
Note: We were having so much fun rolling out the dough that I forgot to take any photos during this process, sorry 🙁
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 package OR 1 Tbl yeast
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbl sugar
4 cups flour (we used 2 cups organic white and 2 cups organic spelt)
1 egg, beaten
Course salt (we used both Himalayan Pink Salt & Course Celtic Salt)
1. Measure the water into a large glass mixing bowl.
2. Sprinkle the yeast and stir until it is mixed and looks “soft”.
3. Add the sea salt, sugar and flour – mix well.
4. Flour a surface and turn the dough out onto the surface to knead. You don’t want the dough to be sticky, but not also not too dry.
5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
6. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
7. Breaking off small balls of dough, roll and twist into pretzel shapes, mustaches, letters, glasses or whatever.
8. Place the pretzels onto the greased cookie sheet, brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with salt.
9.Bake for 12 minutes, parts will be golden brown. Take off the sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack.
These are great warm, room temperature, plain or dipped in mustard!