2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 ¼ teaspoons Saf instant yeast
1 cup warm water
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse salt (optional)
2 tablespoons each butter and honey melted together, or 3 tablespoons butter, melted.
Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl or mixer. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to bloom. Add salt and 2 cups flour and mix until smooth. Add ¼ cup more flour at a time and knead until dough pulls away from the sides and bottom of the bowl. Turn on to a work surface and continue to knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft and smooth. The dough shouldn’t be sticky but shouldn’t be tough either. Spray a plastic bag with cooking spray and place the dough inside the bag and seal. Let rise 30-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500°F. (Yes! 500°) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and let rest for about 5 minutes. Combine baking soda and very warm water and place in a shallow bowl and stir until dissolved. Roll the dough into long ropes, about 12” long and twist into the shape of a pretzel. Dip in water and baking soda. (You will have to stir the water/soda mixture each time to keep it from separating.) Place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt or coarse salt. Let rise for 10 minutes.
Bake the pretzels for 7 to 9 minutes or until they’re golden brown. While baking, melt the honey and butter together if desired.
Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush or drizzle with the honey butter or with butter. Best when eaten warm!
Makes 8 pretzels.
Thanks for sharing, Jennifer, wow I'm going to have to try these. As I'm watching calories I'm going to have to log the recipe into my Fitness Pal to check how many I need to count. LOL
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