Buttery Homemade Soft Pretzels
Gather your ingredients before you begin. There is need to preheat the oven until much later.
Whisk warm water, yeast and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes to proof the yeast. It should be nice and foamy.
Stir in salt and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. On low speed, gradually add 3 cups of the flour. Add more slowly until dough is not sticky.
Knead on a floured surface until smooth. Oil the inside of the bowl & add the dough. Cover, keep warm & allow to rise until doubled in size, 1 hour.
After 1 hour, preheat oven to 425F. Divide dough into 8 evenly sized balls. Roll each ball into an 18-inch rope. Bend into a “U" shape.
Twist the two ends once, then again.
Fold the twisted ends up to the top of the “U.”
You can also shape the dough into pretzel rods or smaller pretzel bites.
Bring the baking soda and 10 cups of water to a boil in a medium or large sauce pan. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds then place on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle on a pinch of coarse sea salt.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and brush on remaining melted butter.
Serve as is or with your favorite dips. Full recipe with more detailed instructions is linked below!
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