Solomon and Celia first fell in love with soft pretzels on the streets of Manhattan, when we bought one for each of them from one of the metal rolling carts that line the avenues. They were still hot and speckled with big grains of salt, and the kids were instantly hooked.
As their love affair with soft pretzels persisted, we introduced Solomon and Celia to the healthier and more innovative flavors of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels (their favorites are Pizza Pretzels), which, although made in Chicago, we can buy frozen at our local supermarket. [See below for details on how to win a sample pack of Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels.] (Disclaimer: the founders of Kim & Scott’s are family friends and we go way back, but we would love their pretzels even if we didn’t know them.)
We’re currently enjoying a lull in our schedules between basketball and soccer seasons, which, to my delight, means we have a little more time for some hands-on projects at home. One activity that the kids can’t resist is making our own soft pretzels. The entire project takes about 45 minutes, start to finish, and is a great way to knead our troubles away and develop our hand muscles while we make ourselves a delectable snack.
Beyond the traditional twists, our kids like to spell the first letters of their names and experiment with other shapes like spirals and hearts with the stretchy dough. Creativity is a plus with this project!
To get our soft pretzel recipe and enter the giveaway please visit PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers.