Happy National Pretzel Day!
I haven't been able to find out who decided that April 26th should be National Pretzel Day, but I like pretzels, so we'll roll with it.
For that matter, the exact origin of this popular snack food is a matter for debate. The most often-told story is that an Italian monk invented 'pretiola' ("little rewards") in 610 AD to entice children to learn their prayers. Other food historians say it was a French priest, and still others say pretzels are derived from Greek or German breads.
Whatever their history, pretzels are a favorite snack food, and easier to make than you might think. There are only three required ingredients- yeast, flour and water, though many bakers prefer to add eggs and butter. Click HERE for a recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzels from tasteofhome.com