Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Step 1: Dissolve 4 teaspoons of dry yeast into 1 1/4 C water and 1 tsp sugar. Let sit until creamy, about 10 minutes
Step 2: Combine 5 cups flour, 1 tbs oil, yeast water mixture, and 1/2 cup sugar.
Step 3: Using a kitchen mixer with a dough hook, knead for about 10 minutes. Add one or two tbsp. as needed.
Step 4: Let rise 1 hour in a greased bowl.
Step 5: Take chunks and roll into long ropes. About 12-18 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.
Step 6: Shape rope into pretzel and set aside.
Step 7: Once all pretzels are shaped dip them into a solution of 1/2 c baking soda and 4 cups hot water.
Step 8: Put onto greased cookie sheet and dust top with salt. Kosher salt is authentic, regular salt is fine though.
Step 9: Cook in 450 degree oven until browned, about 8 minutes.