Homemade Soft Pretzels

Amount

  Measure

  Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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1 1/2

  cups

  warm water -- 110F

1

  tablespoon

  sugar

1

  teaspoon

  kosher salt

1/4

  ounce

  yeast

4 1/2

  cups

  all-purpose flour

4

  tablespoons

  unsalted butter -- melted

2

  cups

  water

2

  tablespoons

  baking soda

2

  tablespoons

  unsalted butter -- melted

1

  teaspoon

  kosher salt

  vegetable oil spray

Combine water, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer. Add yeast and let proof at least 5 minutes.

Add flour and 4 tablespoons melted butter and combine. Knead dough 4 to 5 minutes or until dough pulls away from bowl.

Oil a large bowl and place dough in bowl turning to oil both sides. Cover and let raise until doubled.

Heat oven to 450F.

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly spray with vegetable oil

Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope and make a circle and bring over the two pieces into a traditional pretzel shape.

Mix 2 cups of water and baking soda until soda dissolves. Dip each pretzel in solution for 30 seconds and lay on baking sheet.

Brush tops with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.

Notes:  The soda bath is traditional and it is what helps give the pretzels their pretzel like surface.

Makes 8 servings

Per Serving: 341 Calories; 9g Fat (25.0% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 56g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 23mg Cholesterol; 1420mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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