The best crafts are edible

At least in my mind they are. Because who has room to store project after project!

There is something about baking and cooking that children love. I suspect it has to do with taking ingredients, that seem somehow random to them, combining them and coming up with something that tastes good.

“It’s like magic!” one of my children recently exclaimed after we baked a loaf of bread.

kneading dough

Pretzel Recipe (makes 12 largish pretzels)

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
7/8 cup water
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Mix it all together like you would bread.

Don’t know how to do it? Don’t have a bread maker with a dough setting?

This is a great tactile experience for younger children. And it is extremely easy to do. I know what you are thinking, I used to be afraid of baking bread too.

Get a mixing bowl.
Measure water in first, room temperature. Too hot or cold and it will not rise.
Then pour the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl in a little mound.
Dig a little hole in the top of the mound, like a volcano.
Put the yeast in the little mound.

Then stir it all up.

When it is doughy, dump it out onto a floured table and knead it.

This is the part when all the kids can help.

After they are done kneading, put it in a bowl and cover the bowl with a damp cloth so the dough doesn’t dry out while rising.

Once it has doubled in size, it is ready to shape into pretzels.

Break the dough into 12 pieces.

Your children can make the traditional pretzel shape. Form the dough into letters or shapes. Or even just leave them as pretzel sticks, but that would be boring.

Once you are done shaping them beat an egg and brush it over the pretzel.

Sprinkle them with Kosher salt.

Or a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes. The time will depend on the thickness you have rolled the pretzels to. So keep an eye on them. Once they are golden, they are ready to come out of the oven and enjoy.

4 Responses to “The best crafts are edible”

  1. Sarah Says:

    What a great idea for a very snowy afternoon here in Iowa. I’d like to thank you - a few months ago you posted a few photos of your youngest children baking. My daughter was about 20 months old and it never occurred to me that she could do so much in the kitchen. It’s win-win on a boring afternoon - I find a way to interact with her and we all get cookies!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Hey there, I just found your blog (through Southern Mom of 2’s blog). I love your creative kid ideas. We did a few of the craft ones this week and I can’t wait to try the pretzels! If you’re looking for another tactile food idea, try marshmallow fondant. It’s like play-doh made with marshmallows and sugar. Makes a nice looking cake too!

  3. Deanna's Mum Says:

    Hi,

    I’m a mother of an 8 month old girl. I am very busy with just one. I am amazed at how you do it with 7! I love your blog and read it often to get ideas for the future when my daughter is old enough to enjoy these activities. Keep up the great blogging.

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    The boys and I love making homemade soft pretzels! We use the recipe from the “Honest Pretzels” book.