My kids love helping in the kitchen (especially my daughter). And these soft pretzels recipe will totally hit the spot! Really you can make them into any shape. We choose X’s because they were easy to make. And they would make Talk Like A Pirate Day a little more festive. You could even go old school and make them into a pretzel shape. My daughter had a blast rolling out the dough and crossing the dough to make an X. And my sons, along with the neighbor hood kids, loved eating these pretzels. They even took a video game break to to have one… or two.
And this recipe is a great way to involve your kids in the kitchen. They can add ingredients, turn on the mixer, roll out the dough, and brush with butter. And if you are really feeling adventurous you can have them help sprinkle them with salt. Usually cooking with kids requires more clean up time, but it’s always worth it. She can almost knead bread on her own. She still needs reminders about adding flour to her hands. And this will be one of those times you are grateful for the play dough time you’ve given them. I’m telling you snake making is a very useful skill. And the pride my daughter has when she gives one to her daddy when he gets home makes my heart sing. And we had to guard that pretzel from her brothers.
Favorite tools for this recipe are silicone pastry brush (similar ones here) and a silicone party mat (similar found here, and at a much better price than what I paid). I use these tools all the time and it makes it easier to have my kids help.
I got this recipe from one of my hubby’s cousins. Seriously I love his family. He has so many amazing cousins. And I love that I have a recipes from them. You may remember her mom’s amazing Banana Bread. Another great family favorite! I love how making a recipe from a family member helps connect family. My kids love playing with her kids! We are hoping to see them this weekend. And if you are looking for more dinner ideas you can follow my cousin on Instagram at HungryforDinner.
Spending time in the kitchen is a perfect summer activity. Unless you don’t have air conditioning. Then you might want to wait until the fall. Which is actually when Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated. This yummy snack is the perfect treat for filling up your land lubbers. Which is a good idea. Our usual pirate food for that day includes Krispie Kreme’s and Chocolate coins from our pirate hunt.
- 1 env. dry yeast
- 1 1/2 T sugar
- 1/2 c. warm water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4-5 c flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- course salt
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water; let set about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and 2-3 cups flour to make a soft dough. Keeping your hands floured, knead in additonal flour to make a dough stiff enough to roll out. With your hands still dusted, roll out some dough the size of a peach. Roll out to make 8-12 inch ropes as this as your fingers. Twist them into pretzel shapes. Or cut small strips to make an X. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with course salt. Repeat with rest of your dough. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cover loosely.
- I mixed my dough in my KitchenAid with the bread hook and then rolled them out.
Would your little crew like these? Mine eat them all in one afternoon. And you can leave them in a little longer for more of a pretzel feel. Our family just loves soft pretzels. If you are looking for more kid friendly recipes check out these bran muffins or this peach cobbler. And don’t forget to read up on our Talk Like a Pirate traditions. Leave a comment of your favorite thing to make with your children below. We are always looking for new things to make. And click any picture to pin this recipe.
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