Making soft pretzels at home is one of those great to do with kids activities that is easy and fun for grownups, too. This tasty recipe is so simple that you will find yourself making it again and again.
Vegetable oil, for greasing pans
1 package active dry yeast (or 2-1/4 teaspoons)
1-3/4 cup warm barely water
1 tablespoon raw honey
4 cups whole wheat flour, plus more as needed
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon salt
Optional: 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
Optional: 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt for coating
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil two baking sheets.
In a small bowl, combine the yeast, water, and sugar. Mix thoroughly to dissolve yeast and let stand 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, chia seeds, and salt. Whisk to combine.
Add the yeast mixture (which should now look bubbly) to the flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until stiff. When the dough is too stiff to stir, knead until it is smooth and elastic, adding small amounts of additional flour if needed to prevent stickiness.
Pinch off small bits of dough the size of a walnut, and roll into ropes about 1/4 to 1/2-inch in diameter. Fashion these ropes into pretzels or other shapes, gently positioning on baking sheet. Continue until all dough has been rolled and shaped.
If using the glaze, brush the tops of pretzels with egg, and then sprinkle with salt. Bake until the pretzels are puffy and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
Recipe makes 8 pretzels.
A Byte of Food History
Pretzels were invented by monks, used for the teaching of religion, to feed the poor, and to symbolize the marriage bond.
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