Homemade Pretzels

Fresh pretzels baking in the oven

Talking about bagels this morning reminded me that I haven't made homemade pretzels in awhile and my youngest daughter absolutely loves them! She would buy them at the mall daily if I let her... and of course, if we lived so close to the mall that she could walk there herself, since she IS only 12 years old.

Either way; the pretzels are made.

Homemade Pretzels

12 oz. warm water
1 1/4 t dry yeast
2 T brown sugar
1 1/8 t salt
1 c bread flour
3 c flour

2 c warm water
2 T baking soda
Coarse salt

Put water in a KitchenAid style mixer bowl and sprinkle yeast over to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir in flour. Knead until smooth (can do by hand but so easy with a dough hook!). Let rise 1/2 hour or so. Mix 2 cups water with baking soda. After dough has doubled, pinch off pieces about the size of a walnut and roll into a long rope. Shape into a pretzel shape. Dip in soda solution and place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes until golden. Use your favorite topping just like they do at the mall!

Roll in to a long rope

Shape into a pretzel shape

Dip and bake
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