Step 1: Ingredients and Making the Dough
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp coarse salt
2 tsp sugar
1 cp warm water
3 cps flour (and more for surface)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp butter, softened
vegetable oil or cooking spray for baking sheets
3 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp pretzel salt
Mix yeast, coarse salt, sugar, and warm water together in a small bowl. Whisk to dissolve the sugar. Let stand until foamy. (about 5 mins)
Mix the flour and the cayenne pepper. Cut in butter and mix until it is mixed and crumbly. Slowly pour the yeast mixture over. Knead on floured counter until no longer sticky. (5-10 mins). Put the dough-ball in a bowl and cover with saran wrap. Let the dough rise for 30 mins.
Step 2: Shaping the Pretzels
Step 3: Boil the Pretzels
Boil a large pot of water. Add the baking soda to the water.
In batches of 2 or 3 at a time, boil the pretzels in the water. They will float. Let them boil in there about 2 or 3 minutes per side, flipping with a slotted spoon, until they are puffy and big and not stretchy.
Drain the pretzels on a wire rack; return to baking sheet.
Step 4: Bake the Pretzels
When I made these, the bottoms of some of the pretzels were a bit soggy, so I flipped them over and baked them for an additional 2 or 3 minutes.