Tuesday, October 19, 2010
6 cups flour
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 tsp baking soda + 4 cups water
Mix flour and salt together, I use a Kitchen Aid mixer. In the 2 cups of warm water, dissolve the yeast and sugar and let stand for 5 - 10 minutes until slightly bubbly. Mix dissolved yeast into flour and knead for 10 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise until double.
Once doubled, remove dough and punch down. Pull off fist-sized ball of dough, into 12 - 14 pieces. Roll pieces into ropes about 18 inches long. Twist.
In a large saucepan, boil 4 cups water and the baking soda. Drop 2 to 3 pretzels in at a time, let boil for one minute or until they float. Remove from pan, drain, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 475 degrees F for about 12 minutes. Sprinkle with coarse-ground salt if desired.