Friday, July 1, 2011

Homemade Soft Pretzels

These are so good! I have been craving big pretzels all summer at the ball fields but I know better than to order one there. (They are frozen and heated up). These are worth waiting for. You may think there is too much butter- ignore your instincts. Use all of it. The butter makes the pretzel.
Homemade Soft Pretzels
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. sugar
pkg of yeast
1 c. and 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. baking soda
salt
3 T. butter
Mix the flour, salt, sugar, yeast and 1 c. water. Knead in your mixer or by hand for 5 minutes. Flour the dough ball and put it in a large ziplock for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven at 500 degrees. Separate the dough into 8 balls. Let it rest for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 c. water and baking soda. Stretch the balls out into a rope 30 inches long. Twist into a pretzel shape. Dip in the baking soda water. Set on a cookie sheet covered in parchment or greased. Bake  for 8 minutes. Melt the butter. Brush on the pretzels after removing from oven. Sprinkle with salt. Enjoy.

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