BUTTERY SOFT PRETZELS
1 cup water (110 deg)
1 pkt dry yeast
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
½ cup water to boil, (I used 2+ cups)
2 Tbsp baking soda
Coarse or kosher salt
Dissolve 1 pkt (2-1/4 tsp) of dry yeast in 1 cup warm (110 deg.) water. Let sit for 5 minutes to make sure yeast blooms. Add flour, salt and sugar. Mix to combine for 2 minutes, then knead with mixer or by hand for 5 minutes.
Dough will be soft, but not sticky. Lightly flour dough and place in a gallon zip-top bag. Zip closed and set aside for 30 minutes (I didn't wait this long). While dough is rising, dissolve baking soda in water and bring just to a boil, then simmer.
Preheat oven to 450 deg. Cut dough into 8 pieces. Roll each into a long rope on a lightly floured surface. Twist into a pretzel shape. Drop or dip into the simmering soda water for 30-45 seconds. Drain, then place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt, or leave plain if you want to put cinnamon sugar on later.
Bake at 450 degrees, for about 9-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. If you want sweet pretzels, dust with cinnamon sugar right after brushing with butter. (If you have a convection setting, I baked them on convection bake at 425 degrees for 6-7 minutes)
Store at room temp. Do not cover or seal or they will get soggy.
I love these, this recipe was from my friend Melissa, who got it from her friend Teresa! My kids and I can't get enough. We even had 'pretzel movie night' last weekend. They are fast and yummy, Enjoy!