I love going to the mall, detest shopping, but love the indoor playcenter which is great to help my preschoolers spend some pent up energy on a rainy day… and I love our tradition of getting a soft pretzel after our outing! We regularly bake bread at the Quirky home, but we made pretzels for the first time as a family. They were so good I think I ate four at one time! This recipe was adapted from All Recipes, and they are really, really good! We decided to use our softpretzel time as a chance to play with letters and had fun forming different letters of the alphabet!
Ingredients needed to make Alphabet 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 a portion of the dough. The dough is pretty stiff so roll the portions into thick thumb width logs. Once you have rolled a dozen or so logs, go back to the first and make re-roll the logs so they are thin finger width. Rolling twice allowed the dough to settle and be easier to work with. Once you have the finger width “snakes” as my son liked to call them, form them into the various letters of the alphabet. Dip the letters into the hot baking soda water, set them on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 min at 375 degrees.
Enjoy making and eating your letters!