Pretzels During Lent

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Pretzels During Lent

In history it was customary to fold your arms over your chest to pray. Monks would make pretzels because they are shaped in the form of arms crossed in prayer, and give them away during Lent to remind people to pray more during this time of year. Perhaps you may want want to practice this tradition at home. This is also a great activity to do in
Church Youth Groups or Sunday School classes.

1 1/2 c warm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
1 beaten egg for glaze
Coarse salt topping

Add dry yeast, sugar and salt to warm water in bowl, stirring to dissolve. Mix in flour, forming a ball. Knead on lightly floured board and let rest for 1 hour or more. Roll pieces of dough 6 inches long and 1/2 inch thick. Form pretzel shape and place on cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Yield: 30 pretzels