Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

1½ cups warm water
1 packet (2¼ tsp) active dry or instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
3¾-4 cups all-purpose flour
coarse sea salt
½ cup baking soda
9 cups water

Preheat oven to 400°.  Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Mix yeast into warm water. Allow to bloom for +/-1 minute. Stir in salt, sugar, and butter. Add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Add additional flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If dough bounces back after being pressed, it is ready to knead.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead for +/-3 minutes and shape into a ball. Cover lightly with a towel rest for 10 minutes.

Cut dough into sections, roll into a rope approximately 20″ long.  Twist into pretzel shape.

In a large pan, bring baking soda and water to a boil.  Drop pretzels, 1-2 at a time, into the boiling water for 20 seconds.  Remove pretzels from water and place on prepared baking sheet(s); sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.