Pretzels are a popular baked good enjoyed by many people worldwide. Whether enjoyed as a snack or paired with a cold beer, pretzels are a tasty treat everyone can enjoy. Fortunately, making pretzels at home is easy and fun, and all you need is a little bit of patience and a few simple ingredients.
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tbsp. sugar
• 2 tsp. salt
• 2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
• 1 1/2 cups warm water
• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 4 cups water
• Coarse salt
• 1/4 cup melted butter
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and instant yeast. Mix well to combine.
Gradually add warm water and stir until a dough forms.
Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rest for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water and 1/4 cup of baking soda to a boil.
Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
Take one piece of dough and roll it into a long rope about 18-20 inches in length.
Twist the rope to form a pretzel shape and dip it into the boiling water solution for 10 seconds.
Remove from the water solution and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough pieces.
Brush each pretzel with melted butter and sprinkle coarse salt on top.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the pretzels are golden brown and fully cooked.
Let the pretzels cool for a few minutes before serving.
Store your pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze your pretzels by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and storing them in a freezer-safe container. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw at room temperature for a few hours and reheat in the oven for a few minutes.
Making pretzels at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. With a little bit of patience, you can make soft, chewy, and delicious pretzels in no time. This recipe is easy to follow and perfect for those who are new to baking. Enjoy your homemade pretzels as a snack or alongside your favorite meal.
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