Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lenten Pretzels

This weekend Bob made a big bunch of dough. We had pizza and rolls and pretzels. Pretzels are a great food for Lent.  
roll out the dough and make them into pretzel shape
Boil them in water with baking soda

From www.CatholicCulture.org: The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far back as the fourth century. In the old Roman Empire, the faithful kept a very strict fast all through Lent: no milk, no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no cream and no meat. They made small breads of water, flour and salt, to remind themselves that Lent was a time of prayer. They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms for in those days they crossed their arms over the breast while praying. Therefore they called the breads "little arms" (bracellae). From this Latin word, the Germanic people later coined the term "pretzel."
Bake them and enjoy!
We dipped them in hot mustard as a spicy treat.   For a great recipe for Soft Pretzelsclick HERE. 

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