Homemade Letter Pretzels
This month I am in charge of snacks for Isaiah’s kindergarten class, so I thought it would be fun to make homemade letter pretzels. This was our first attempt, and I am proud to say, they turned out great. Both kids enjoyed rolling the dough and shaping it into letters, snacks, dogs, etc.
Ingredients for Soft Pretzels:
1 Tablespoon of Yeast
1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cup of Warm Water
– Let it sit for a few min to activate the yeast.
5 Cups of Flour (we used half white, half whole wheat)
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Oil
– Knead together well. The dough will be very stiff for a bread dough. After it has been kneaded and is semi-elastic, let the dough sit for an hour to an hour and a half.
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
4 Cups of Hot Water
Grab some dough and roll it into a snake. We made one letter at time, but rolling out many snakes the same length will ensure they will cook the same. Shape them into letters, dip the letters into the hot baking soda water (I used a spatula to dip them, since with tongs they’d fall apart), set them on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 min at 375 degrees.
I am proud for our first attempt, they were no Auntie Anne’s (Mine and my Mother-in-law’s favorite), but they were simply yummy. My advice is to set aside a good amount of time to do this, make several snakes to make sure they are the same size for even cooking, and eat at least one right out of the over!