I love a good soft pretzel, here is a recipe for those of you that wish to try it at home. Like baking bread, this recipe uses yeast so there is some waiting for the dough to rise. Makes about 6 pretzels.
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup baking soda
2 cups hot water
1/8 cup rock salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
Or you can try it the easy way….
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In a separate bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add more tablespoons of water until sticky. Knead the dough until smooth, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size in about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 2 cups hot water. When risen put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip the pretzels into the baking soda-hot water mix and place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with rock salt as desired.
Bake in oven for 8 – 10 minutes until browned. Brush with melted butter is you want it closer to a Wetzel Pretzel.
Farm Steady – Soft Pretzel and Beer Cheese Making Kit (Link goes to Amazon)