Tuesday, February 2, 2010

oh beans!

It is truly amazing what a bowl, melon scoop and bag of beans can do for four-year old girl! I tell you what it can do....hours of fun!
completely unrelated...we have discovered universal dough for pretzels/bread sticks that is super easy and fast and yummy!
here is recipe:
4 cups of flour
1 and half cups of lukewarm water
1package of yeast
1tbsp of sugar
1tsp of salt
powder sugar+cinnamon if you are making sweet pretzels
more salt, oregano or whatever spice you like on your bread sticks
and some melted butter
in a bowl, combine water, sugar and yeast ...let sit for little bit (about 5 min) in larger bowl combine flour and salt, pour in the yeast-y water and mix, let sit for about half and hour (if you are pressed for time, you don't have to let it sit we tried it both ways and when you let it sit for little bit it makes it easier to work with the dough) cut your dough into 8 pieces and roll them out into "snakes" as my daughter calls it, if you are making a bread sticks put your snakes on cookie sheet (we tried both greased and ungreased and the results were the same, so it's up to you) or create the pretzel shape if you want! we bake ours 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. then when they are still warm, brush them with the melted butter and roll in sugar+ cinnamon mixture if you are making sweet ones or add oregano more salt and spices into butter if you prefer non-sweet ones. Either way they are delicious, and I am sorry to tell you I didn't get to take a picture and I also don't know how they do the next day, because we always eat them all! Enjoy!
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