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These homemade soft pretzels are as good (in my humble opinion) as Auntie Anne’s pretzels. They are not as greasy, however (though you can add more butter according to each person’s preference), and they’re super easy to make. It’s your basic bread prep method plus a few extra steps like shaping your dough into pretzels and dipping them into a baking soda/water mixture. Then a simple bake afterwards as you would bread.
In a small bowl, mix yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with 1 1/2 cups warm water. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes until mixture becomes foamy.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Mix in the oil and make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the yeast mixture and use a mixer to thoroughly mix dough together. Add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of water if dough is too dry to work with. Knead for about 5 minutes using the dough attachment of your mixer (or 7 minutes by hand). Form into a ball and lightly oil the ball. Place in a large bowl and place a towel over the top. Place in a warm area and allow to double in size. This usually takes 1-2 hours.
In a medium bowl, mix baking soda and hot water together. Preheat oven to 450 F.
Once dough has doubled in size, form into a log shape (about the shape of a baguette). See related blog post for step-by-step photos. Cut log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip pretzels in the baking soda/water mixture and place on a greased baking sheet (6 pretzels per sheet). Sprinkle with the sea salt.
Bake in the heated oven for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
Adapted from Buttery Soft Pretzels recipe on allrecipes.com.
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