Start with a blob of dough. I pretty much always use french bread, cause that's how I roll. (Get it?...anyone?) However you attain the bread dough is completely up to you. I make mine in the bread machine because
a). I have one
b). Its easy
c). It beeps to remind me that I made dough an hour and a half ago. Otherwise, I might forget. True.
You can also buy frozen bread dough from the freezer aisle or make your own recipe the old fashioned way.
I do this...
Dump the ingredients in the bread pan - liquids first, followed by dry, yeast last. Put it in the bread machine and set it to 'dough,' press start. An hour and a half later, I have french bread dough. I love my bread machine.
Divide your dough ball into eight pieces that are more or less equal in size. I do this by squeezing the dough in the center between my thumb and finger.
Step 1 - Divide the ball into two equal pieces. Set one half aside, divide the other half into three equal sized pieces.
Do this with each of the snakes.
Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the white. Add a little water to the egg white and whisk it with a fork.
Gently brush the egg wash over the dough.
Or you could eat them as a snack like I do (too often, I should add), with a little dipping oil on the side.
To make the dipping oil simply combine two parts extra virgin olive oil and one part balsamic vinegar. Add a pinch and a dash of the following: salt, pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and red pepper flake. Give it a little stir with a fork and let it sit for a minute or two before dunking. You want the herbs to infuse the oil. If you don't have all those herbs on hand, you could easily substitute them for a couple dashes of Italian seasoning.
Try this if you're feeling creative and you want to impress your kids!