3/4cupwater (6 oz, 170g)), lukewarm (see Recipe Notes)
1Tbspgranulated or brown sugar
1Tbspbutter, melted and cooled, or vegetable oil
2tsp instant yeast
1/4cupbaking soda (2 oz, 55g)
pretzel salt, or coarse Kosher salt (optional)
2Tbspmelted butter, optional
prepared mustard, brown or yellow, for dipping (optional)
For the dough
Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment (or a bread machine on the Manual setting), mix and knead the dough ingredients to make a cohesive, fairly smooth dough. It should be slightly sticky (add in an additional tablespoon or two of water if it seems dry).
Cover the dough and let it rest for 45 minutes (it won't rise much). Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased work surface, fold it over a few times to gently deflate it, then divide it into 12 pieces, each weighing about 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 oz (65-70g).
Roll each piece of dough into an 18-inch rope. Shape each rope into a pretzel (see the pictures in the post for examples).
For the water bath
Dissolve the baking soda in the water and bring to a boil. Boil the pretzels in the baking soda bath for 20-30 seconds per side, drain them on a paper towel, and put them on a half sheet baking pan lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Sprinkle them with salt before baking, if desired.
Bake the pretzels for 12-15 minute, until they're a light golden brown. Note: This is correct; there's no need to let the shaped pretzels rise before baking.
Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush with melted butter (optional, but who am I trying to kid…of course I brushed the freshly baked pretzels with melted butter!).
Serve with brown or yellow mustard for dipping (if desired) and enjoy!
Instead of nonfat dry milk (which I don't keep on hand), I substituted 3/4 cup (6 oz, 170g) of fresh milk, scalded and cooled, and omitted the water.
Amount Per Serving
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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