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