A delicious afternoon: baking pretzels & eating lasagna.
We had some pre-made pizza dough that needed to be used by today. Since we had eaten pizza twice in recent days, I looked for a recipe that used pizza dough and found a super easy recipe for pretzels. When the kids woke up from their nap, Aidan and I made pretzels. Sam watched us while he ate the lasagna that we had made earlier that morning together.
After reading the recipe, we divided the dough and rolled it into six balls.
We covered the dough balls and let them rise.
A short while later, we lengthened the balls into the shape of worms, really, really long worms, and then we twisted them into circles (the traditional pretzel shape being a bit too tricky for us).
Once the pretzels were formed, Aidan threw some of the leftover flour into the air. He watched with fastination as it fell in the sun’s rays.
After the flour had all been tossed, Aidan brushed a little bit of water on top of the pretzels, and then, he sprinkled sea salt on top of them. Lots of sea salt.
The pretzels were salty, buttery, served warm and tasted delicious. By nightfall, only one was left for my husband’s lunch box tomorrow.
It took us almost two hours to make the pretzels, including rising and baking times as well as clean-up. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon - in the kitchen with my boys and their tummies full of homemade yumminess.