Lunch

Soft pretzels

Save money by making your own!

Ingredients

Active dry yeast 4 teaspoons
White sugar 1 teaspoon
Warm water 1 1/4 cup
All-purpose flour 5 cups
White sugar 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil 1 tablespoon
Salt 1 1/2 teaspoons
Baking soda 1/2 cup
Hot water 4 cups
Kosher salt 1/4 cup

2 hours to prepare, 10 minutes to cook, ready in 2 hours and 10 minutes

In New York, and many other cities, a pretzel from a cart or from the mall is one of the easiest quick lunches you can get.

With this recipe, you can save yourself a few bucks by putting a couple of hours aside over the weekend to make your own.

Step 1: Dissolve the yeast and one teaspoon of the sugar in the 1 1/4 cup of warm water. A large cup or small bowl should be fine for this. Just leave it to stand for about 10 minutes until it gets creamy.

Step 2: Put that yeast mixture to one side. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, and the salt. You’ll probably need a big bowl for this.

Step 3: Make a well in the center of the flour mix, and pour the oil and the yeast mixture you made in Step 1 into that.

Step 4: Mix all of that into a dough. It’s OK to add a little more water if you feel like it’s dryer than it should be.

Step 5: Knead the dough until it’s smooth.

Step 6: Get another large bowl and lightly oil it. Put your newly kneaded dough in it, and coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and leave it in a warm place for about an hour.

Step 7: At this stage, you can preheat your oven to 450 degrees. You can also grease two baking sheets now.

Step 8: Getting another large bowl, dissolve the baking soda in four cups of hot water. You can put that to one side for now

Step 9: After an hour, the dough from Step 7 should have doubled in size. On a lightly floured surface, split it into 12 equal-sized pieces.

Step 10: Roll each piece into a rope, and then twist it into that classic pretzel shape – you know what it should look like!

Step 11: After an hour, the dough from Step 7 should have doubled in size. On a lightly floured surface, split it into 12 equal-sized pieces.

Step 12: Dip each of the pretzels into the baking soda mix from Step 8, and place them on the baking sheets you greased in Step 7.

Step 13: Sprinkle each pretzel with some of your kosher salt.

Step 14: Put the baking sheets into your preheated oven until they’re browned – it should only take about eight minutes

There are quite a few steps to these pretzels, and you will need to put some time aside. But, apart from saving you a few bucks, home-baked goods always taste best!

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