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last week, while the big kids were away, zion and axel decided to make soft pretzels, and boy, am i glad they did! these will be on a regular rotation around here.  they are so easy, and make for a delicious snack any time of the day.

we started with a basic dough that we mixed up in the mixer, but could also easily be done by hand. the dough sits for only about an hour, in which time you can clean up and make space for rolling, boiling, and prepping for the oven.

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after cutting the dough into eight pieces, we oiled the counter and each boy rolled their own pretzels. they formed them into the traditional shape, which was much easier than they thought it would be. and a bonus…the dough is extremely easy to work with, making it really great for kids!

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next, i placed the pretzels, one at a time, into the boiling pot of water mixed with baking soda. each pretzel boils for only 30 seconds then is placed carefully back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, where it gets brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with salt.  the pretzel stays in it’s shape the entire time it’s being placed in and out of the water, which makes the boiling process so much simpler because you’re not worrying about the pretzel coming undone. this step can easily be done by older kids who are comfortable working with boiling water.  

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once the pretzels go into the oven it’s only a short 15 minutes until they are ready to eat! it is suggested that they cool for a bit, but… we didn’t really follow those instructions. there’s nothing like a hot pretzel, right out of the oven.

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we all sat at the table, carefully pulling the pretzels apart into small pieces, to allow them to cool a little bit. i dipped mine into a spicy brown mustard, and the kids would have eaten the entire batch if we would have let them. give them a try! the recipe can be found here.

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