Wednesday, November 30, 2011

History With a Twist

Sierra has a small part in a Christmas play at a local theater and opening night is this week. That means she has rehearsals every night this week and since she's one of the younger cast members and everything is set up to accommodate the older cast members (with bigger parts), she is doing a lot of staying up past her usual bedtime. When she's awake, she's doing a lot of worrying about remembering to say her line at the right time.

Fortunately, it worked out to be a pretty relaxed week schoolwork-wise. For history, I had planned to make pretzels this week. According to Days of Knights and Damsels*, kids in the middle ages were given pretzels as a reward for learning to say their prayers correctly. They were also used to make wishes (like pulling a turkey wishbone).

I had never made pretzels before, so we just followed the recipe in the book and gave it a try.

Sierra mixed sugar and water And sprinkled yeast on top to proof Then we mixed in salt, oil, an egg and flour and kneaded the dough The recipe said to make 16 pretzels, but they would've been teeny tiny pretzels, so we made 10 instead. We both had trouble at first. I think you can probably tell which pretzels were made first and which were made last After they baked, we talked about how the historically accurate thing to do would be to brush them with an egg wash and sprinkle them with some salt.

Then we slathered ours in butter and sprinkled some of them with salt and some with cinnamon sugar, because, well, why not?


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1 comment:

Snyder Central said...

Yum. Pretzels. I need to make soft pretzels again. I boil, then bake. Good job!

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