To begin the season of Lent this year
Did you know that the original pretzels were called Pretiola
which means "little rewards" in Latin.
They were first made with small scraps of bread dough by Monks in 610 AD
in Northern Italy/ Southern France.
The Monks shaped the scraps of dough rolled into strips
and folded to represent childrens arms crossed in prayer.
The Monks gave the pretiola's to the children
as rewards for learning scripture or prayers.
The pretzel later became a symbol for the Holy Trinity
and a Lenten food in the Middle Ages.
The pretzel contained no ingredients that weren't eaten during the Lent season.
So they were baked using no eggs, milk, butter or lard.
The three holes of the pretzel represent
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Holy Spirit
All in One.
I have to say that this is the first time we baked pretzels to begin our
And I have to admit that we had ours with butter.
They tasted awesome.
I used a pretzel recipe from here .
We will definately be baking these again.