When I am faced with even the tiniest bit of downtime I always end up making my way to the kitchen. I love the satisfaction of putting a few simple ingredients together and ending up with a sweet reward to eat and share. When my boys were little, I would pull a chair up to the sink, fill the sink with warm soapy water and let them play with measuring cups and spoons – they would play for hours! It was one of their favorite things to do and it gave me an opportunity to create something yummy. Plus, I always felt like playing in the water calmed them down. When they got a little older and were able to participate more, I would let them add the flour or sugar and stir with a wooden spoon. And when they were ready to do more, we would make homemade pretzels! I have this old favorite recipe for homemade pretzels that I wanted to share. I love it because it gives the kids an activity to do and they end up with a snack to eat. It is super simple and doesn’t require boiling. These are great to make if your child has a friend over – they can bring the extras home! The fun part is that it doesn’t matter how much they play with the pretzel dough; the more you handle it the better they come!
- 1 Tablespoon of yeast
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- Dissolve yeast in water and let sit 5 minutes
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cup flour
Knead dough by hand for three to five minutes and divide it into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a long snake. Shape into traditional pretzel shapes or any shape you’d like. My boys used to make turtles and snakes and both baked up perfectly and tasted yummy! Beat one egg and brush each pretzel with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake in a 350 preheated oven 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and enjoy!
Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram! Baked by Susan Inc., Voted 2015 Winner Best Bakery and Best Cupcakes by Westchester Magazine! 163 Grand Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914-862-0874 bakery 914-525-9639 cellular