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Homemade Soft Pretzels

20

ounces of flour, (about 4 cups)

12

ounces water

1

or 2 teaspoons dry yeast, (I use 3 grams)

2

teaspoons

kosher salt, (I use 12 grams)

4

teaspoons

food grade lye dissolved in a quart of water

vegetable, oil or spray

very, coarse sea salt

1

Mix the flour, water, yeast and salt until you have a smooth elastic dough. Cover it and let it rise to about double it's volume, 2 to 4 hours depending on how much yeast you've used. Beat it down manfully to release the gas and redistribute the yeast. Divide the dough into roughly 3-ounce portions.

2

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

3

Roll the portions into a cylinder about ten inches long. Cover them with a towel while you prepare the lye and ready your non-reactive baking sheets (it's best to use a non-reactive surface; don't use aluminum, the lye can do funny things to it). Heat the lye solution in a pan that will allow you do dip your pretzels and retrieve them with a wide, slotted spatula. Coat your baking surfaces with vegetable oil.

4

After the dough pieces have rested for 10 minutes, roll them out into 25-inch long cylinders. To make the pretzel shape, lift either end, make one complete twist, then fold them over into the traditional pretzel shape. (If this proves too difficult, shape them as you wish, keeping in mind they'll double in size.)

5

When the lye solution is hot, just below a simmer, dip each pretzel in the lye solution for 10 or 15 seconds, then remove to your baking pan. Repeat with the others, sprinkle them with salt and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

6

There's no end to the fun when you know the basic bread dough ratio!

Servings: 1

Yield:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Entire recipe (27.4 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 3 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving

Calories

2768.92

Calories From Fat (3%)

74.25

% Daily Value

Total Fat 8.77g

13%

Saturated Fat 1.34g

7%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 20.54mg

<1%

Potassium 898.15mg

26%

Total Carbohydrates 576.45g

192%

Fiber 22.94g

92%

Sugar 2.03g

 

Protein 81.52g

163%