Life Skills

Learn to Make Homemade Soft Pretzels (Dessert, Dips, & Fillings Too!) FLEX 14-18

In this 5-week FLEX class, we will learn to bake several homemade soft pretzel varieties. We will also learn to make dessert pretzels, dipping sauces, and filled pretzels. This class includes easy recipes and is geared for teens ages 14-18.
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No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Every week, students will need to read the recipes, watch the video lessons, answer questions, create their dish, find Ollie, and post a photo or video of their dish on the discussion board. Students can have fun with their photos or make a "cooking show" video describing their creations. 
Individual recipes will be posted every Sunday. Students will need bowls, a wooden spoon, cookie sheet(s), a towel, and a large pot (only if boiling pretzels before baking). Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat is helpful but not required. I have seen everything but the large pot and silicone baking mat at The Dollar Tree. 

Pretzel Ingredients Needed:
---Classic pretzels: water, instant (active) dry yeast, salt, brown or granulated sugar, butter, all-purpose flour, coarse salt
---Cinnamon sugar pretzels also require cinnamon and granulated sugar
---Pizza pretzels also require pizza sauce (I have also used pasta sauce), mozzarella cheese (sliced is less messy but shredded will work too), and any toppings you would like to add
---Chocolate pretzels also require unsweetened cocoa powder and instant espresso powder (espresso powder is optional but adding coffee to chocolate recipes will enhance the chocolate flavor)
---Pretzels get their chewy exterior from boiling in baking soda before you bake. If you do not want your student to handle boiling water, they can use an egg wash instead (though the texture will be slightly different). An egg wash requires eggs and milk, though for pretzels you can use milk alone. If your student is allowed to boil their pretzels, they will also need baking soda and a slotted spatula. 

Dipping Sauce Ingredients: 
---Cheddar cheese dipping sauce: unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, milk, kosher salt, sharp cheddar cheese (a block of cheese is best. Pre-shredded cheese is coated in cellulose, which is safe, but it won't melt quite as nicely as cheese you chop or grate yourself.) You can also add in some jalapenos if you want a spicy cheese sauce. 
---Chocolate dipping sauce: unsweetened cocoa powder, granulated sugar, kosher salt, water, vanilla
---Marinara dipping sauce: canned tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, bulb of garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and fresh basil or dried oregano. (Not gonna lie, I've used pizza and pasta sauce and just threw in extra seasoning. No one knew.) 
---Cream cheese icing: cream cheese, powdered sugar, maple or vanilla extract, salted butter (if you've been using unsalted so far and don't want to buy more, just add a dash of salt and it'll work fine).
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be preparing dishes at home and may need to use the stove, oven, microwave, knives, and/or small appliances. Young students may need some parental help. Please review the recipes every week to be aware of any allergy concerns. 


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Hello, my name is Ashley, and I live in Illinois in the United States. I teach introductory level psychology classes for ages 12 and up, educational classes geared towards younger children, and creative classes for all ages. I believe psychology... 
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