Did you know that pretzels have Lenten roots? It's true.
In the past, the Church had much stricter fasting rules. The Faithful abstained from meat and any products that came from those fleshy animals (like eggs, milk, and cheese). The pretzel, then, was a Lenten "super food" that was made simply, conformed to these rules, and was still able to sustain people during their fasting.
The shape of the pretzel reminds us of the prayerful season of Lent, as it is meant to look like arms crossed in prayer-- the way people used to pray. The Latin word bracellae means "little arms." Legend has it that the word pretzel came from the German word, bretzel, a derivation of the Latin word.
This recipe for Bavarian Pretzels is one of our favorites! It is quick and easy-- and tastes fabulous! Top them with garlic, salt, cinnamon, or spice it up a little and try my favorite combination: rosemary, garlic and Parmesan cheese!