Monday, April 22, 2013

Pretzel Unit Study

Pretzels are yummy.  There's no doubt about it and as I was looking for some more fun things to do with my kids at the end of this year, I discovered that pretzels play a part in Pennsylvania's history.  I love a good soft pretzel so it seemed pretty obvious to me! We needed to spend some time learning about the history of the soft pretzel.

Websites:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretzel
2. http://www.ushistory.org/tour/pretzel-museum.htm
3. http://www.foodworks-intl.com/history_of_the_pretzel.htm
4. http://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/13/travel/fare-of-the-country-philadelphia-s-twist-on-the-pretzel.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
5. http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/pretzels/
6. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/pretzel-facts.htm
7. http://www.juliussturgis.com/aboutpretzels.html

Books:

1. Auntie Anne: My Story by Anne Beiler
2. Pretzels by the Dozen: Truth and Inspiration with a Heart-Shaped Twist by Angela Elwell Hunt
3. Walter the Baker by Eric Carle
4. Pretzel Vending Book, pages 8 to 10 (free to look inside at these pages on Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Pretzel-Vending-Book-Second-Popular/dp/1456580175/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366301750&sr=1-6&keywords=history+of+pretzel

Pretzel Kits:

1. Auntie Anne's: http://www.amazon.com/Auntie-Annes-At-Home-Baking-1-99-Pound/dp/B007TBO6PI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366302026&sr=8-1&keywords=pretzel+kit
2. Fun Pack Foods: http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Pack-Foods-Carnival-Pretzel/dp/B003EGCW9O/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1366302343&sr=8-7&keywords=pretzel+kit

Videos:

1. How It's Made Pretzels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA8PyXeeXiA
2. Pretzels Unwrapped: http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/pretzels-unwrapped/70877.html

Pretzel Recipes:

1. Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/index.html
2. All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mall-pretzels/
3. Another All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttery-soft-pretzels/
4. CD Kitchen: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/352/Aunt_Annies_Soft_Pretzels13849.shtml

A pretzel notebooking page for you to use: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1QxG4LMyj4UaE5XVXFzMGU5MGM/edit?usp=sharing

If you have a Pretzel Factory or Bakery in your area, then you should also go there for a tour! They often give samples and a great history lesson with pretzel-making lesson as well.  We had a lot of fun on our tour a few weeks ago! Some pics:






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