My roommate is enamored with the fact that there is fresh baked bread all the time. SO MUCH, that she recenltly brought home a 50 pound bag of flour to further my research....
Here is the recipe I will be using
2 1/2 cups Bread Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons baking soda
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Step 1: Proof yeast.
Step 2: Dry ingredients.
Step 3: Proof dough.
After the 30 minutes, the dough should be at least double in size.
Step 4: Baking Soda coating
Alton Brown has a great explanation as to why pretzels need a baking soda bath.
This is probably a good time to start pre-heating the oven to 475.
Step 5: Cut the dough
Step 6: Make the pretzel.
Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin tendril (about the length of the cookie sheet). Then soak the pretzels, 4 at a time, in the baking soda bath. Swril them around in there for a few minutes, then pull them out an let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes. Sprinkle the tops of the pretzels with salt, and bake them.
Step 7: Baking and BUTTER!
When the pretzels come out of the oven, immediately brush on the melted butter. The pretzels should drink up the butter.
Remove them from the pan and let them cool. They go fast, so I hope you get to try one before they dissappear!