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HOMIEGURL SOFT PRETZELS
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Ingredients
Dough
Topping
Servings
Ingredients
Dough
Topping
Instructions
  1. To make dough by hand, or with a mixer: Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl, and beat until well-combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it's soft, smooth, and quite slack. Flour the dough and place it in a bag, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. While the dough is resting, prepare the topping: Combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the soda is totally (or almost totally) dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm (or cooler).
  3. Preheat your oven to 475 F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with vegetable oil spray, or lining it with parchment paper.
  4. Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Pour the baking soda/water into a 9" pan.
  5. Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28" to 30" long), and twist each rope into a pretzel. Working with 4 pretzels at a time, place them in the pan with the baking soda/water, spooning the water over their tops; leave them in the water for 2 minutes before placing them on the baking sheet. This baking soda "bath" will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color.
  6. Transfer the pretzels to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle them lightly with coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt, if desired. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  7. Bake the pretzels for 8 to 9 minutes until they're golden brown.
  8. Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Keep brushing the butter on until you've used it all.
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