- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 oz unsalted butter, melted
- Vegetable oil for pan
- 10 cups boiling water with 2/3 cup baking soda added
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water added
- Pretzel salt, cinnamon and sugar or other toppings
Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. You can also make pretzel rings or other shapes, but it’s good to make a shape that will hold when placed in the water bath. Place pretzels onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, and boil for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large slotted spoon or spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt or other topping. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.