Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Ever go to the mall, the fair or the pub to get your favorite pretzel? Well, you can make them from home now. When I first made pretzels, I will admit that I was nervous because I thought pretzels would be hard to make. But these pretzels are easy to make, and the hardest part is shaping them into a pretzel haha.

These pretzel are delicious, soft and chewy. They pair well with cheese dip or honey mustard dip. You can make these into pretzel bites too or stuff the bites with cocktail wieners.

Let’s Get Cooking!

You Will Need:

1 cup of warm Milk

1 cup of warm Water

1 package of Instant Dry Yeast

1 teaspoon of Sugar

Pinch of Salt

4 cups of All-Purpose Flour

1/4 cup of Baking Soda

Directions:

Place water, milk, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Let set for 3-5 minutes. Pour into stand mixer with a bread hook. Add salt to flour and gradually add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until a ball of dough forms. (You can do this by hand and without a mixer and bread hook, but it does take more work).  Once dough is formed, place a small bit of flour out onto the counter top and knead the dough a few times, but not too much. Roll the dough out to form several thin 12 inch ropes and twist the ropes into a pretzel shape. Place pretzels onto a cookie sheet and brush with oil and cover with a warm towel. Let dough rise for 15-20 minutes.

In the mean time, start a pot with about 5-6 cups of water and the baking soda. Bring to a boil, drop the pretzels 1 or 2 at time into the water. (This is the most important step: the baking soda and water create the pretzels texture otherwise it will turn out like a dinner roll). Boil the pretzels for about 1 minute and then place pretzels on a greased cookie sheet and gently brush the top of the pretzels with oil, melted butter or egg wash which ever you prefer. Bake at 450F for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Salt with sea salt. Serve with dip.

Enjoy!

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