1 tsp dry yeast
2 tbls and 2 tsp brown sugar
2+ cups flour
coarse kosher salt
shortening or butter
In large mixing bowl mix 1 tbls HOT water and 1 tsp yeast. Mix until yeast dissolves completely.
Stir in 2/3 cup WARM water.
Stir in 2 tbls and 2 tsp brown sugar.
Slowly add 2 cups flour, stirring constantly. Contuine stirring until the mixture is smooth and does not stick to the sides of the bowl.
Lightly flour counter. Dip your hands into extra flour. Knead the dough until it is stretchy and smooth. (Push it down and away from you with the palms of your hands, turning the dough as you work)
Grease cookie sheet(s) well with butter or shortening. Sprinkle greased cookie sheet(s) with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
Using liquid measuring cup fill a large saucepan at least 1/2 full of water. For each 1 cup of water, add 1 tbls baking soda.
Divide the dough into 16 equal sized pieces.
Using the following 4 steps shape each dough ball into a pretzel shape...
Roll the dough into a rope 14" long and as thick as your thumb. (if you are having trouble rolling out the dough, slightly wet your hands and try agian) Bend the dough into a U shape.
Cross one end of the rope over the other one. The ropes should cross about three inches from the tips.
Twist the crossed ends, making a full turn. Fold the ends back, towards the middle of the U.
Open the ends slightly to form a pretzel shape. Press the ends into the dough firmly.
Bring water into saucepan to a gentle boil (not to many bubbles)
Use pancake turner to lower each pretzel into the saucepan. Count slowly to 30. Then lift the pretzel onto the greased and salted cookie sheet (shaking off excess water back into the saucepan). Repeat until all the pretzels are done.
Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the pretzels and put them in preheated oven.
Bake for 8 minutes or until the pretzels are golden.
Pairs Well With
I first made these wonderful treats in my junior high Foods class. I liked them so much I asked the teacher for the recipe. I have been making them ever since.
One day I made them for my dad and he told me they were "musty", I got upset and said that I followed the directions and I did not know what went wrong. He then proceded to tell me that they they were "musty" and he "must have more". :)
This is a *single batch: Depending on the size of the pretzels you make this recipe will make 9-12 **shaped pretzels.
*Do not be shy to double this recipe. You will be sorry if you don't.
**You can also make pretzel sticks with this recipe. Instead of rolling dough into pretzels just roll into 2-3" long ropes a little thicker than your thumb.
Garlic Parmesan Pretzels
Add 2-3 cloves pressed garlic and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese into the liquid ingredients before adding the flour.
Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Pretzels
Add 2-3 chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 tsp basil and 1 tsp parm cheese to the liquid ingredients before adding in the flour .
("Must have another!")
I think next time I will enlist my 2 girls to help with the rolling to make it go a little faster. They'd have fun helping. And these taste just as good (or better) than the ones at the mall!