Pretzels: The Official Bread of Lent


Tags: Pretzels, Lent, Faith,

Brent and LeAnna Alderman StersteIf you’ve read any of our past blogs, it will probably become pretty clear that LeAnna and I love to bake.  We go through 25-pound sacks of King Arthur flour and 6-pound packs of butter like some people go through quarts of milk. 

But during Lent, that all comes screeching to a halt. 

Our pantry – all stocked up for when baking resumes!

Given our obsession with sweets – and not just the home-baked kind, we also have been known to indulge in the occasional 5-pound bag of gummy bears from Costco – we usually decide to fast from sugar for the 40 days leading up to Easter. The idea, for those of you not familiar with this odd church tradition, is to temporarily sacrifice something you love for a higher purpose. We find that this helps keep us focused on the things in life that really matter – that when we crave a donut, we remember that what we really want is a deeper experience of faith. When we want to stick our head into an already-available bag of Easter jelly beans and not come up for air until they’re gone, we remember that as easy as it is to strive to fulfill our own needs, what we really desire in life is to have God provide what He knows is best for us. So we deny ourselves pleasure now – in hopes of a greater future fulfillment of those desires.

Normally, we’re very serious about candy in this house.

You can imagine our joy, then, when we discovered that apparently the pretzel has long been considered the “official bread of Lent.” While the heart of holiness is not searching for the loophole, we were nonetheless greatly relieved to have found an officially sanctioned baked good. 

Becky and Andy
6/15/2010 4:11:18 PM

I LOVE that you got the recipe from Alton. He's our foodie hero! Plus, your description of Lent cracks me up. I love it. Hope you and your little ones are well. We've been outta touch lately. Hoping to remedy that soon. Becky and Andy

3/13/2010 9:14:08 PM

Brent and LeAnna, Those look delicious! I wonder how they'd work with whole wheat flour? Also, I share your sweet tooth affliction. You are not alone! Susan GRIT blog: Close to the Earth in Alaska

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