According to the Swabian legend, the pretzel was born out of desperation: Count Eberhard the Bearded demanded of a reprobate baker from Bad Urach that he should produce a kind of bread roll with three holes for sunlight to pass through, or he would be put to death. Inspiration finally came in the form of the baker's wife, who was standing before him with her arms folded. With her entwined arms as his model, the baker invented the pretzel – and was granted a reprieve.
Pretzels are a traditional snack in Swabia and are enjoyed at any time of day: just on their own, spread with butter or a tasty filling, or as an accompaniment. The salty twists of bread dough with a coating of lye are sold in every bakery. They're particularly delicious fresh from the oven!