madeinbrazil replied to your post: For dinner, the kids wanted me to make Hot Soft Pretzels.
Here ya go. This made about 13 (baker’s dozen). My own recipe.
1.5 cups (12 oz.) hot water
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons (1 pkg.) active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter
4 to 4.5 cups unbleached flour
(I used 4 cups flour mix of 1/4 whole wheat to 3/4 unbleached)
Olive or other oil
egg yolk beaten with a little water, or some butter
coarse Kosher salt
water with baking soda
Mix first 6 ingredients until you have a dough that is not sticky (add a little more flour if it is) but not too stiff. Grease dough all over (a drizzle of cooking or olive oil) and let rise in a warm place 45 minutes. Punch dough down to collapse large air bubbles.
In a 2-qt. saucepan bring to boil about 7 cups of water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Spray a baking sheet with Baker’s Joy or Pam. Pinch off bits of dough about the size of a tennis ball. Working on a very lightly floured countertop, roll dough between your palms and the countertop, outward from the center, until you have a rope about 12” long. Grasp the ends of the rope, bring the dough upward into a U shape, then cross it and stick the ends down on the curve of the U (classic pretzel shape) .
Preheat oven to 400 F. Put each pretzel shape into boiling baking-soda water for about 30 seconds.
Remove with a slotted spoon or flat spatula. Place on baking sheet. Let rest about a minute, then sprinkle with coarse Kosher salt. Not too much, because kosher salt is very salty.
Brush pretzels lightly with an egg yolk beaten with a little water, or some melted butter (these promote browning). Bake for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!