The children and I made a batch of Traditional Lenten Pretzels this morning. We enjoyed them for a light lunch with yogurt and boiled eggs.
We beg you, O Lord, to bless these breads which are to remind us that Lent is a sacred season of penance and prayer. For this very reason, the early Christians started the custom of making these breads in the form of arms crossed in prayer. Thus they kept the holy purpose of Lent alive in their hearts from day to day, and increased in their souls the love of Christ, even unto death, if necessary.
Grant us, we pray, that we too, may be reminded by the daily sight of these pretzels to observe the holy season of Lent with true devotion and great spiritual fruit. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Traditional Pretzel Recipe
*1 pkg. dry yeast *4 c. flour
*1 1/4 c. warm water * 1/4 c. melted butter
*1 tsp. salt * 1 beaten egg
*1 tbsp. sugar
Dissolve yeast in water. Add salt and sugar. Blend in flour. Knead dough until smooth. Cut into small pieces. Roll into ropes and twist into pretzel shape. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush pretzels with beaten eggs. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired. Bake at 375 about 15 minutes.
~ Best served with lots and lots of sugar!