Did you know that the pretzel is a traditional food for lent?
When early Christians would pray, they would cross their arms and touch each shoulder with the opposite hand. They also fasted very strictly during lent, making their bread with only water, flour, and salt. A monk shaped this in the form of praying arms for children, and the pretzel was born! To read more about the religious history of the pretzel and for the pretzel prayer, check out Catholic Culture's pretzel page.
Soft Pretzel Recipe~ What you need:
- 1 package yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 4 cups flour
- 1 egg
For fun, I drew out this Lenten Pretzel Card that reads "A pretzel to remind us of arms crossed in prayer is a Lenten treat for us to share!". I uploaded it to share with all of you, so you can print it for free below! :-)
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