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Friday, November 11, 2011

Just Plain Fancy Pretzels!

Today we read Just Plain Fancy and learned about the Amish culture. Many children told me that that had met or seen Amish people before - either by seeing them in the buggies while traveling in Pennsylvania or at the local farmers market. I showed them my beautiful basket that I had purchased from Amish people in Ohio.

I really like to use books as a way to explore social studies and/or history topics. If I can make it hands-on, then it is all that more meaningful, and more likely to remembered. Today, I thought it would be a good idea to explore a tiny part of Amish culture by baking. We made Amish-style pretzels  - oh, how I wish this blog had smell-o-vision!

Here is a picture of Samantha's pretzels, plus the recipe we used. It is a very, very easy (and quick!) treat to make. We practiced making traditional pretzels this morning, using clay. Each child made at least one the traditional shape, and one a shape of their choosing. Maybe there will be one left for you at pick-up time. But they are small, so ...

















Ingredients


    • 1 1/4 cups water ( approx 105 degrees)
    • 1 tablespoon yeast
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 cups occident flour ( bread flour)
    • 2 cups flour

    Dipping solution

    • 1/2 cup baking soda, into
    • 3 cups hot water

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast into warm water.
  2. Add sugar, then flour& mix well- do not 'knead' as this toughens the dough.
  3. (Mix just until combined well) Let rise until doubled, at least 20 minutes.
  4. Cut into long 'ropes'.
  5. Shape into pretzel shapes, then dip into prepared dipping solution.
  6. Place on well-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
  7. Bake at 500-550°F for 4-6 minutes until golden brown.

1 comment:

Fran Loosen said...

Yeah, well I thought I was getting a matzoh ball from the EB too and little chicken told me that she snacked it in after care! Hrumph! ;)