Our Lenten group continues to be an inspiring mid-week gathering in the centre of Jesus’ story. In each of our daily readings we find ourselves challenged to see Jesus as the one who established God’s Kingdom on earth. They are challenging words. They are hopeful words. They are words that grow in us and change us from the inside out. Jonny baked for us the other week – his contribution was German Lenten Pretzels. The three holes in the pretzel being representative of the Trinity: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We are not alone in this world but accompanied by a very powerful and loving God.
Jesus indicates that, with the coming of God’s kingdom, the original intention in creation can be established on the bedrock of God’s healing, forgiving love … The challenge for us all is so to follow Jesus, so to get to know him and be transformed by his healing love, that we can be part of that building, that new creation, in whatever way he wills. ~ Tom Wright, Lent For Everyone: Mark
German Lenten Pretzels (see the original recipe here)
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp yeast
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 4 1/2 cups plus extra for kneading all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dry milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, melted, divided
Grease 2 large baking sheets. Combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; set aside.
Stir yeast into warm water in small bowl. Combine flour, dry milk, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and salt in large bowl. Add 1/2 cup butter and yeast mixture into flour mixture. Stir until blended and sticky dough is formed.
Place dough on lightly floured surface; knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as necessary. Cut into 24 pieces. While working with dough, keep covered with plastic wrap. Roll each piece into a 16-inch long rope. To form pretzels, make a U-shape with the rope. Holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U and place on prepared baking sheets. Press ends of pretzel into pretzel dough. Brush with remaining 1/4 cup butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Allow to rise in warm place for 15 minutes or until risen slightly.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Serve warm. Store remaining tightly covered.