Mix 100 gram flour,
100 gram water and 1 tablespoon yeast and leave this mixture overnight.
Add the other ingredients, except the poppy seeds, and knead for 10
minutes. Leave the dough to rise one hour. Divide in 12 portions and
roll each portion out into a square. Fold the squares like envelopes,
sprinkle some poppy seeds on a baking tray and put the breads upside
down (with the folded side down) in the poppy seeds. Turn them around
after 20 minutes, spray them with water and leave them to rise one more
hour. Spray again with water and bake them 30 minutes at 190 degrees
the 17th of June 1953, there was an uprising in East-Berlin (then East-Germany)
against the Stalinist government. The Soviets had a hard time suppressing
it. Now this day is celebrated as the
German Unity Day.
culinary calendar for more links
between cooking and history.
Start the evening before you want to eat the pretzels.
Mix flour, yeast, sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt and 120 grams water and
knead for ten minutes. Put the dough in the fridge overnight. Divide
in 12 pieces and roll them out to pencil thickness. Fold the pretzels
like on the picture. Let them rise half an hour. Dissolve the baking
soda in half a cup water and brush over the pretzels. Allow them to
rise 10 minutes more. Brush with the egg and sprinkle with the remaining
salt. Bake them 12 minutes at 220 degrees
Pretzels are also popular
in Luxembourg at least in a sweet form. On the third Sunday of
Lent, in Luxembourg
Bretzelsonndeg is celebrated and boys give their sweathearts a
cake in pretzel shape. Click on culinary
calendar for more links between cooking and celebration.