I’ve made these soft pretzels with developmentally delayed Pre-K classes for years and have never had an instance when they didn’t turn out well. The only prep needed are clean hands, a sheet of waxed paper for each student, and an oven. ( I used a toaster oven in the classroom and they turned out great.)
SOFT PRETZELS: 1 pk. yeast, 4 C. flour ( I use 1 C. whole wheat, 3 C. regular), 1 1/2 C. warm water, 1 T. sugar, 1 T. salt, 1 egg beaten for glaze, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, coarse salt, Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.
1. Mix yeast, water, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
2. Stir in flour. Knead until smooth. Here comes the fun part. Give each child a glob of dough to roll and shape into the first letter of his/her name. This will ensure that each child gets his own pretzel when it comes out of the oven. Once they are shaped and placed on a cookie sheet, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice.
3. Bake at 425 degrees for 15- 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. They may look crazy, but they will taste great. Guaranteed! The texture is like a bagel and it’s hard to eat just one.