You know those places at the mall that sell amazing pretzels? The ones that taste all plump and yeast-y and just soooooooo stinkin' good? (You know the ones!) Well, I think I've got them beat! These taste just about as good, and are a fraction of the cost. The only problem is you have to roll your sleeves up and do the work yourself, but I promise they're worth it . . . they're that good!
And guess what makes them even a little better? All these ingredients are probably sitting right in your pantry, just waiting for you to come and mix together for a special treat! If you really want to get fancy you could even make them in the shapes of your kids initials, or smiley faces :), or. . . . well, anything, I guess! My kids devoured each and every bite and would have eaten them for dinner if I let them. (I confess, my hubby was gone at dinner time so I did eat them for dinner . . . who needs protein or veggies when you can get warm-yummy-yeasty-dough?)
Here's what you'll need . . .
Combine yeast and 1 tsp. sugar in small bowl. Add to warm water, then let yeast activate, about ten minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Once yeast mixture has sat ten minutes and is bubbly, make well in center of dry ingredients and add to bowl. Mix well, adding 1-2 tablespoons water if necessary to form dough (I had to add about 4 tablespoons water to get it to the right consistency.) Knead dough about eight minutes, then place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm place to rise for about an hour.
Once dough has doubled, roll out into 10-12″ long strips, and fold into pretzel shapes. Mix together baking soda and water, dip pretzel into baking soda water, and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake at 450 for 8-9 minutes. Dip in butter, cinnamon sugar, or any desired toppings, and enjoy. YUMMMMMM!!!