Homemade Soft Pretzels
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Serves: 25 small pretzels
  • 1⅓ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) dry yeast
  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 teaspoons of baking soda
  • salt for topping
  1. Open up your bread machine. Place these ingredients in it in the following order: 1⅓ cup warm water, butter, white sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, flour, and then make a well in the flour and add in the yeast. Make sure that the yeast doesn't touch any of the liquid ingredients.
  2. Turn the machine to the dough setting. Alternately, you can use your hands instead of a convenient bread machine (although if you have the means, definitely get your hands on one). Combine the 1⅓ cup warm water, sugar, and salt in a large bowl (preferably of your stand mixer) and sprinkle the yeast into the bowl. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes or until everything is foaming. Add in the flour and butter and use your dough hook attachment to mix on low speed until well combined. Up it to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, get the largest bowl you own (clean the bowl you're currently using if that's it) and then oil it well with vegetable or canola oil. Place the dough in the oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap (not tin foil) and allow it to sit in a warm place for 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. When the dough is done rising, remove it from the bread maker or your oiled bowl and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface into a rectangle. Cut the dough into long or short thin strips, depending on whether or not you want to make big pretzels or small pretzels. Roll with your hands and form into pretzel shapes or whatever other shapes you want.
  4. Bring 6 cups of water to a simmer, then add 6 teaspoons of baking soda (if you need more, just add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of water). When it dissolves, add in the pretzels in batches, for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the water and place on a baking sheet with either parchment paper or sprayed lightly with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with salt or whatever other toppings you want.
  5. Bake the pretzels at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Set on a rack to cool and enjoy! Makes about 25 small pretzels.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2010/03/05/homemade-soft-pretzels/