What’s Cookin? Kid Friendly Wacky Wednesday 11/7: Starfish Pretzels

Spaghetti tacos? Of course! It doesn’t get much more kid friendly than that! When I was a child, “kid friendly” meant a smaller portion of what Mom & Dad were having. Not today though. There seems to be an entire sub culture of recipes geared at just the young (not usually just the young at heart).

Just because they are young, doesn’t mean they can’t eat healthy. Spaghetti tacos at our house feature whole wheat spaghetti, ground corn taco shells, and fresh tomato sauce. And cheese of course. Lots of cheese. Watch for a new Kid Friendly recipe every Wacky Wednesday. Same bat channel, same bat time. Or something like that.

OAE (Oh, and enjoy)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 package active dry yeast

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Vegetable oil, for pan

10 cups water

2/3 cup baking soda

1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Course sea salt, for sprinkling

Preparation:

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine water, sugar and salt. Sprinkle yeast on top of mixture and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until foamy. Mix in flour and melted butter  on a low speed until well combined. Increase mixer speed and kneed until dough is smooth and no longer clings to sides of bowl, about 5 minutes.

Remove dough from bowl and set aside. Thoroughly clean bowl and coat with vegetable oil. Return dough to bowl and cover with plastic wrap; allow to sit in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450°F and line large baking pan with parchment paper lightly greased with oil, set aside.

In a large pot combing 10 cups of water with baking soda; bring mixture to a roaring boil. Meanwhile, turn out dough on an oiled, flat surface and divide into 7 or 8 equal balls.

To form your starfish roll each ball into long, thin ropes and cross into a star shape. Gently pinch the stars center and sides to shape and set aside until all stars are complete.

Using tongs gently drop starfish one at a time into boiling water. Allow pretzels to boil for about 30 seconds and remove using a slotted spatula.  Arrange boiled pretzels on baking sheets and brush tops with egg wash. Sprinkle pretzels generously with sea salt and bake in oven until dark golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving; slather with mustard or nacho cheese.

Source: Celebrations.com

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