Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Grammar Day!

Yes, Happy Grammar Day. This is the only date which is a complete (imperative) sentence. How sad is it that I know that, and how much sadder yet that I celebrate it? Anyway...

I posted the recipe for pretzels, which we got from the Calvert School Kindergarten curriculum, a few years back. It's easy and fun, and well worth repeating. Heck, some of you might even want to make grammar day pretzels for you own celebrations. More likely not.

SOFT PRETZELS

1-1/2 cups warm water
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt

3 tsp yeast

Sprinkle the yeast into the water to soften. If using a bread machine, add the flour and salt and let it run for about 10 minutes, to combine the dough. To mix by hand, stir in the flour and salt, then knead on a floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth. Let it sit 15 minutes, then break off pieces and roll into 1/2" diameter tubes. Twist them any way you'd like - letters, numbers, even the traditional pretzel knot! Brush the tops of the pretzels with warm milk, then lightly sprinkle sea salt or kosher salt over the top of them. Let them rise until doubled in size, then put in the oven at 400F. Toss a handful of ice cubes in the bottom of the oven, turn it off, then back to 400F to force the temperature back up, and bake for about 15 minutes, until nicely browned.

Of course, be sure to leave the salt off a couple of pretzels, so the dog in your life can have some. Just look at Thor's face a year or 2 back; see how eager he is for his pretzel?

We won't be making our Grammar Day pretzels until after Ryan gets home from school. A traditional brother activity cannot be done solo.

Happy Friday, everyone!

12 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am licking my chops as well. :) they look delicious. Diane

Channon said...

Cute... and if I had free time this weekend, I'd make some pretzels for the Knight!

Mary said...

The pretzels look really delicious. This is my first visit here and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. You've created a lovely spot to visit and I'll return as often as I can. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

My kids loved it when we made these pretzels... thanks for reminding me how easy and tasty they are. Happy Grammar Day!

Sue said...

I think Thor says it all in this shot.

gMarie said...

Ummm - don't you usually make them in the shape of the alphabet? Do you dip them in cheese? I love pretzels and cheese. g

Pam said...

I hate to inform you that on grammar day one of my students started three of her sentences with "It don't need"

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

No wonder the dog is licking his lips. I am too.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh darn, I missed Grammar Day!

However, it's never to late for pretzels, now is it? Now, if I could only bake:)

Hey Thor, Have a nibble for me, will ya?

P.S. Marjie, I "borrowed" a link of yours for today's post. Thanks!

Mango said...

That is great! Friday March Fourth! Of course I almost missed it since not reading until March 5th. I am glad you are carrying on the tradition of actually caring about the English language in your household. I was reviewing yet another grammatical nightmare submitted to me by an engineer late Friday and after half an hour I just sent the whole thing back with a comment that I refused to waste anymore time trying to unravel his reckless use of the language into something that made sense.

Mango Momma

Jan Mader said...

Looks delicious!

I like to celebrate anything so Happy Grammer Day!!!

altadenahiker said...

I agree with Thor (as always) -- Grammar day and pretzels, an excellent tradition.