Easy Soft Pretzel Knots
 
 
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Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • (2+1/4) tsp INSTANT yeast ( DO NOT USE ACTIVE YEAST) (If you decide to use active yeast, then you will need more rising time!)
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp warm tap water
  • 5 cups boiling ater
  • 10 tbsp baking soda
  • Olive Oil or Melted butter for coating
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer or if mixing by hands in a bowl, add flour, salt, sugar, yeast & warm tap water and mix until it's combined. Take it out on a very lightly floured surface and knead by hands for good 5-7 minutes until dough is soft & supple. It should bounce back if you poke it.
  2. Keep it in a clean bowl covered for 30 mins or until doubled in size in a warm place.
  3. Now take it out and keep it aside. Pre heat oven to 400F.
  4. Bring water to boil in a deep pot.
  5. Meanwhile, take the dough out of the bowl on a lightly greased surface. Cut it into 6 vertical pieces. Take one piece at a time, and roll it into a thin rope. Not cut this rope in to 4 inch long pieces. If the 4 inch long pieces are too wide, roll them into around 1" wide rope. Make a knot and keep them aside. Repeat with all the remaining pieces.
  6. Now to the boiling water, add baking soda carefully as it will make it come to a roaring boil. Keep a parchment lined baking sheet ready. Add few pretzel knots in the boiling water and cook for 20 seconds. Flip them and cook for another 10 seconds. Take them out, making sure you strain all the water and place them on the baking sheet. Do with all the knots. Sprinkle the knots with salt and place them in the preheated oven for 12-13 mins or until golden brown.
  7. Take them out and brush olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle more salt if needed.
  8. Serve immediately with mustard!
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at http://www.naivecookcooks.com/easy-soft-pretzel-knots/