Yummy Homemade Pretzels

Recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzel, which can be doubled.  Takes about an hour to make–start to finish–and the results are amazing!

2 1/4 tsp. yeast (contents of one packet)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups flour, I prefer King Arthur brand
Salt or sugar, melted butter, if desired

For the water bath:
1 cup boiling water with 2 tablespoons baking soda mixed in (add soda to water, not other way around)

Step 1: Prepare the dough
In a cup combine the warm water, yeast and sugar and stir, set aside and allow to bloom. In stand mixer or food processor, add the flour and salt and combine. When yeast is ready, pour into bowl and mix well. Once combined, switch to dough hook or knead by hand for about 4 or five minutes. You want the dough to be shiny and soft. Place kneaded dough in lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rest for 30 minutes.

Step 2: Remove dough from bowl and roll into a fat log. Cut it into 8 equal pieces. Allow to rest for five minutes while you prepare the water bath. Put water and baking soda bath in a 9×9″ pan and allow to cool. Roll out each of the pieces, stretching to about two feet in length. Twist into classic pretzel shape. Put pretzel in water bath, turning after 1 minute. Continue until completed, putting the bathed pretzels on parchment covered sheet. Sprinkle with either salt or sugar if desired. Allow to rest, uncovered, on sheet for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Bake for 8-9 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.

If desired, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt or sugar, if haven’t done so already. Enjoy!

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