This is so fun! Not only do I get to celebrate Octoberfest with delicious beer, I also get to make these fun little homemade pretzels with my kiddos. Winning moments. Sigh. Sip.
Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Cities all over the world celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired food, fun, and, of course, beer. It is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Having been held every year, for 206 years, since its start in 1810, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture (from the SundaySupper blog).
What better snack to go with beer, than pretzels? And how much is making pretzels, like playing with Playdoh? So perfect! And it is really, really, easy. Just add water to the yeast, salt and sugar. Add the flour and mix. Then knead.
Done. There is no rising. No waiting. No worrying. And to top it all off, then you get to have fun:
Fun, and get your hands a bit dirty in the meantime:
Brush with egg-wash, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake. Done in 15 minutes.
If you can’t tell, these are Octopuses(?) or Octopie (?)…or just 8 legged pretzel things. And a snake, and a snake baby. And our initials too of course:
Which became mustaches:
Because mustaches are funny. And delicious. Actually, they were! Surprisingly so, since this is so easy. Salt is key. I will say that.
Here’s the easiest, most delicious fun we’ve had in 30 minutes or less:
Enjoy! If you want more snacks to help you celebrate Octoberfest in the most authentic ways, follow along with the rest of the Sunday Supper bloggers, who are making some great food (that may or may not go awesome with beer- just saying, it IS Octoberfest).
- German Pancake Soup (Flädlesuppe) by Caroline’s Cooking
- German Potato Pancakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Homemade Pretzels with Kids by Hardly A Goddess
- Kräuterbutter (German Herb Butter) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Latke and Sauerbraten Poutine by Monica’s Table
- Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread by Sunday Supper Movement
- Warsteiner Fondue by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Apple Tart by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Kaiserschmarrn Recipe by Plated Cravings
- Nana’s Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Rote Grütze (Fruit Pudding) by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Main Dish (Hauptgericht)
- Bavarian Sausage & Cabbage Soup by Food Done Light
- Beef Goulash Recipe by Positively Stacey
- Beer Mac and Cheese by Moore or Less Cooking
- Berlin Potato Soup by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Bierocks by Mindy’s Cooking Obsession
- Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner by A Mind Full Mom
- Burgers with Bacon-Sauerkraut Jam by Palatable Pastime
- How to Make Traditional German Sauerbraten by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Oktoberfest Beer Brats by Wholistic Woman
- Oktoberfest Chicken Chili by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oktoberfest Fondue 3 Ways by Momma’s Meals
- Pork chops with Sauerkraut and Apples by Brunch-n-Bites
- Roasted Apple & Beer Chili For Oktoberfest by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Kebobs w/ a Boiled Cider Drizzle by The Freshman Cook
- Schwenkbraten (Grilled German Pork Chops) by Curious Cuisiniere
Side Dish (Beigabe)
- Fried Potatoes German Style by My Life as a Cookbook
- German Potato Salad by Tramplingrose
- Ginger Beer Sauerkraut by Cricket’s Confections
- Herbed Spaetzle by The Hungry Goddess
- Krautsalat (German Coleslaw) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Oktoberfest Potatoes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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