“i’ve been saving myself for this”
1 (.25 oz) packet of active dry yeast
2T brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 of warm water (110 degrees F)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flower
2T baking soda
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
2T butter, melted
kosher salt to taste, for topping
cinnamon to taste, for topping
sugar to taste, for topping
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oil for greasing
plastic wrap or dish towel
in a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in the 1 1/2 cups of warm water, for about 8 minutes or follow the instructions on the back of your yeast packet. once dissolved stir in all 4 cups of flour and begin kneading your dough on a flour workspace for 8 minutes. by 8 minutes your dough should be smooth and elastic. lightly cover your entire ball of dough with oil and place back in the large bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel. set aside and let rise for 1 hour.
in an 8 x 8″ pan, combine your baking soda and 2 cups warm water and set aside and set your oven to 450 degrees.
cut it out. after your dough has risen, using a pizza cutter, cut into 12 pieces. then put the pieces back into the greased bowl, to avoid them from drying out. one at a time, roll each piece into a 3 ft rope then twist into the pretzel shape. once twisted dip the pretzel into your baking soda/water mixture and place on a sprayed cookie sheet. once your cookie sheet is full of pretzels, set aside for 15 more minutes, as they need one more chance to rise. then bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. once baked, brush with melted butter and top with salt or cinnamon and sugar and you have one delicious pretzel, and don’t forget the mustard.
now enjoy some football this weekend and make some pretzels! happy friday!