Wednesday, February 27, 2013

St. Peter's Keys (Key Shaped Pretzels)

My family is currently studying The Primacy of Peter with a Papal Unit Study and Lap Book as we say goodbye to our dear Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and prepare to welcome our next Pope!  

Over the past few days we have been focusing on St. Peter, The First Pope.   Tomorrow we will move on to Pope Benedict and other popes from the past, before moving on to learn more about the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church, the Papal Elections, and more!   You can find all the details over on my other blog, Shower of Roses.  

This afternoon for a fun, but still Lenten approved (since we gave up sweets), treat we made St. Peter's Keys out of pretzel dough, inspired by Lacy's Edible Papal Flag.   My children always enjoy creating various traditional symbolic shapes out of bread dough for the feast of St. Joseph, so I knew this would be a hit!

St. Peter's Keys

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg (optional)

Dissolve the yeast in warm water.  Add the sugar and salt.  Mix in the flour and knead until the dough is smooth.  

Let the children shape the dough into key shapes and place on baking sheet.  

Brush the dough with a beaten egg for a golden finish. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 425˚F for 15 minutes.

Let the children color pictures of our first Pope and Pope Benedict XVI while they enjoy their pretzels and listen to a few chapters about the life of St. Peter, The Man Who Never Died

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  1. so great jessica. now I really want to eat some hot rolls.

  2. I am looking for a food writer for my new Catholic lifestyle magazine, REGINA. Your work is outstanding. Please email me at and I will send you the Feb issue.

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    Beverly De Soto

  3. Mine are in the oven! The kids had such a fun time turning the dough into keys. Thanks for the idea.
    God Bless,

  4. I came upon your wonderful blog today and I am writing for permission to link it and highlight recipe posts on our parish website. I look forward to your response.

    1. Yes, Lisa, you are more than welcome to link to our recipes from your parish website.