Homemade Soft Pretzels
for 8 servings
1 ½ cups water, warm (360 mL)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
4 ½ cups flour (565 g)
3 tablespoons oil, divided
⅔ cup baking soda (120 g)
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
In a bowl, mix water, salt, and sugar until combined. Add yeast, and let rest 5 minutes until yeast starts to foam.
Add flour and 2 tablespoons of oil, and mix thoroughly until a dough forms. Remove the dough and use the remaining oil to cover the bowl.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
Cut dough into 8 pieces and roll them out into thin ropes, twisting the two ends to form a pretzel shape.
Add baking soda to a large pot of water, and bring to a rolling boil. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds per side.
Transfer pretzels to a baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-1948242