We had our CSMP last Sunday and it went so well! I am so proud to serve in primary! The kids were awesome and they absolutely knew their parts and KNEW those songs!
So, why the picture you ask?
My first counselor (who is fabulous) found a story about how the munks used to twist their bread dough into this shape (that we know as the pretzel) to teach the children how to fold their arms and be reverent. So she explained this to the kids during our program practices - they do tend to get long. Then at our second practice the whole presidency made soft pretzels for the kids to have as a snack. They turned out so cute...and sooo yummy! Want the recipe?...
My kids helped me make these (I wish I had thought to take pictures!) and we had THE BEST time! They really aren't as much work as they seem.
SOFT BAKED PRETZELS
(6 large or 12 small)
3 ½ cups of flour
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup very warm water (120 degrees +)
1 Tbsp yeast (dissolved in the water)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water
4 cups water (boiling)
2 Tbsp baking soda
1) Mix water/yeast, sugars and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add flour and mix until dough is smooth. Add more flour if sticky.
2) Divide the dough into 6 or 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, very thing, a little bigger than a pencil. Shape into a heart-shape, twist the ends around each other once and secure to side of “heart.”
3) In a pot, boil 4 cups of water and add 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Set the pretzel in the boiling water for ~10 seconds; drain.
4) Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and water solution. Sprinkle with course salt, parmesan cheese, cinnamon sugar or sesame seeds.
5) Bake in a hot over 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!