Pretzel

Pretzel day:
Pretzel is a crisp biscuit, usually in the shape of stick or knot salted on the outside.
Philadelphia had a pretzel museum with its fresh pretzel stalls.
In 610 an Italian monk created this from left over dough as an reward for church going youngsters. He called Pretoria or reward. As this migrated from its origin to Austria to Germany the name evolved to Pretzel. It is symbolic of arms crossed in prayer
1510 at Vienna pretzel makers who were working in the night saved it from the attack of Turks so the pretzel was honoured by being incorporated into the emblem of Vienna.
By 1614 pretzel became part of marriage ceremonies couples break them like wishbones.
Recipe:
1 tsp yeast
1tbsp. brown sugar
2-3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. water
1cup warm water.
Mix 2 cups of flour with all the other ingredients and knead till a smooth dough is formed adding rest of the flour only if required.
Keep aside for an hour and then divide to 6 portions roll into stick, leave it for 5-10 mnts now knot it and dunk it in boiling water for 5 secs sprinkle coarse salt and bake it in a preheated oven at 425o for 12-15 mnts.

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