Who doesn’t love those big, warm soft and salty pretzels you can buy from street venders at fairs flee markets and ball games. Well, you can make them at home any time you want. They are a tad tedious but certainly not rocket science.
When you eat a pretzel you are eating a bit of history. In the middle ages you couldn’t become a master in the bakers guild until you could make a perfect pretzel, in fact the pretzel was the symbol of the bakers guild.
There are several stories about how the pretzel got both it’s name and shape. My favorite is that they originated in Northern Italy where monks would turn the scraps of dough left from baking bread into these small strangely little breads as special treats for children who had dutifully learned their prayers. The shape represented the crossed arms of a child in prayer. They were called “pretiola,” which means little rewards.
No matter what the origin Soft Pretzels are delicious and fun to eat as well as to make. Turn it into a family project some weekend.
And what’s a pretzel without Mustard. If you’re a mustard fan you might want to try some of these recipes.