Soft Pretzel

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READY IN: 16mins
SERVES: 6
YIELD: 6 Pretzels
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water, and stir to dissolve the yeast. Stir in the sugar and salt. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and knead until the dough is soft and elastic, about 5 minutes (the dough will be slightly sticky). Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat the top of the dough ball with oil. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm (70°F-80°F) place until it is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F Punch down the dough and divide it into 6 equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 dough portion into a 14" long rope; twist the rope into a pretzel shape---an oval with overlapping ends in the middle. Place the pretzel on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough portions. Brush each pretzel with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake the pretzels until they are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the pretzels to wire racks to cool slightly.
  • Variation: Whole wheat pretzels: Substitute 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for the flour.
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