Ingredients (adapted from all recipes)
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/3 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
Kosher salt or cinnamon and sugar for topping
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water.
- Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
- When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt or cinnamon sugar topping. You may want to use parchment paper or set the pretzel on a paper towel before placing it on the pan. I found they stuck a bit because of the salt water.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.
- Brush with melted butter as soon they come out of the oven. Serve warm if possible.