Monks used to give young children pretzels as a "little reward" or "pretiola!
Yesterday we made Lenten Pretzels.
"We abstain from flesh, meat, and from all things that come from flesh, as milk, cheese and eggs." - Pope St. Gregory
So, here's the recipie I used:
Grease two cookie sheets and sprinkle with salt.
In a large bowl, desolve a packet of yeast in 2 tablespoons of warm water.
Add 1/3 Cup of warm water and 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
Kneed in 4-5 cups of flour until the mizture forms a smooth ball. (You may need to add more water ;-))
Kneed for 10 minutes.
Tiwst as desired.
Heat oven to 450. Fill large skillet with water adding 1 t-spoon of baking soda for each cup of water.
Bring to simmer.
Dip twisted pretzels in skillet for a bout 30 seconds. Transfer to cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 minutes.