HOMEMADE LENTEN PRETZELS

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While growing up, my mom continuously had a bowl of pretzels sitting on the kitchen counter during Lent with a special “pretzel prayer” next to it. The pretzels, symbolic of God’s arms wrapped around us, were a daily reminder to my siblings and I of the liturgical season we were in. When I began my own family 20 years ago, I was eager to carry on this treasured tradition. Over time, we went from processed, store bought pretzels to making our own homemade pretzels – now a part of our family tradition during Lent.  Thankfully, pretzels are super simple to make and easy to involve younger children in the process!

INGREDIENTS

2 Packages active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

course salt, or to taste

First, stir the yeast into 1 cup warm water in a large bowl.  Then beat in flour, sugar, butter and salt to make a dough – followed by putting the dough onto a floured surface and kneading for 5 minutes.

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Next, place the dough into a greased bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.  When the hour is up, punch the dough down and divide it into 12 equal size pieces. Then, roll each piece into a rope 18-20 inches long.

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After you have all your strands of dough, shape them to look like pretzels and put them on a greased baking sheet.

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The next step is to beat the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl and brush the yolk mixture over each pretzel. Finally, sprinkle each one with course salt. Ta-Da!  The pretzels are now ready to bake until golden brown in the oven at 375′ for 15 minutes.

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The pretzels taste delicious!

This is the prayer passed down to me from my mother as a reminder of what the pretzels symbolize.

Happy pretzel making and have a blessed Lent!


 

HOMEMADE LENTEN PRETZELS
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I am blessed to be a wife to my best friend, mother of five beautiful blessings and three more souls in Heaven. I write about living my faith as a wife and mother amidst the ordinary moments each day that God wants to make extraordinary! I also share my passion for total health - body and soul and my equal zest for living life intentionally in every season of life! I am an outdoor enthusiast, gardener, regular blogger on marriage for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website, contributing author to the book "Amazing Grace for Mothers," a speaker, and a lover of life! WELCOME! Thank you for visiting my site!

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