Soft Pretzel

Nanzaro’s class had a Halloween party on Halloween Day. I volunteered to help his class in making Soft Pretzels for the party. I went to the school early in the morning at 9 am. Nanzaro’s teacher, Ms T divided the class into small groups of 5 to 6 people and assigned the first 2 groups for the first session of making the Soft Pretzels.

It was fun working with the kids especially on Halloween Day because a lot of them were in costumes. Here is a pair dressed up like Siamese twins where their clothes are joined together.

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Here is one injured patient working on the dough.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour, more for kneading
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • coarse salt for sprinkling, optional

This is a really fun project for the kids. They get to work on the dough and form the dough into any shape imaginable. This brings out the creativity in the kids.

Instructions

  • Measure the warm water into a large mixing bowl
  • Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar and stir until it looks cloudy.
  • Add the salt and flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Bring the dough together with your hand and knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s soft.
  • Divide the dough into small portions and give one to each kid.
  • Let the kid roll and twist the dough into letters, numerals, snakes and anything they like.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lay the shaped dough on the cookie sheets.
  • Brush with beaten eggs and sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
  • Bake in a preheated 425F oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Kneading the dough.

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Shaping the dough.

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