How to make it

  • Pour lukewarm water into a bowl then and add yeast and sugar.
  • Stir in one tablespoon of the melted butter.
  • Add three cups of flour and salt then mix well.
  • Using your hands knead dough briefly.
  • If dough is too sticky add extra flour.
  • Pour extra tablespoon of melted butter over ball of dough.
  • Swish dough around so it gets coated with the butter.
  • Cover bowl and let dough rise for an hour or so.
  • Shape pretzels and bake them.
  • Oil a baking sheet generously and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • This will be used to hold the shaped but unboiled pretzels.
  • Fill a pot of water with four cups of water and 5 teaspoons baking soda.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Put oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 450.
  • When dough is ready press it down and place it on a floured work surface.
  • Divide dough in half and put one half aside in the covered bowl.
  • Divide dough on the work surface into 16 equal portions.
  • Using floured hands roll or stretch each portion of dough into a 12" snake.
  • Shape snake into a pretzel shape or any shape you like.
  • Bring your formed pretzels over near the boiling water.
  • Have the oiled baking sheet nearby.
  • Flip a pretzel from the paper onto your hand and place carefully in water.
  • Do this with two or three pretzels and then set a time for one minute.
  • The pretzels will swell and stiffen during this boiling.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lift pretzels out of the water and onto baking sheet.
  • Continue until you have boiled all the pretzels.
  • At this point you can sprinkle salt on the boiled pretzels.
  • Put the tray of pretzels into the oven and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Turn pretzels then bake another 7 minutes.

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