Steven, my son, is quite the chef nowadays and has taken numerous awards, including Chef of the Year and National Salute to Excellence awards. Wonder if he remembers as a teenager making this recipe with his friends? Soft, large pretzels that just require a little mustard to be a hit with any family.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh my... soft pretzels are one of my indulgences. And this is a GREAT recipe. It's super easy to make. I dipped mine in a bit of mustard - so good. I bet these would be good with a bit of cinnamon butter or queso too. Yum!
Mix sugar and water. You want enough sugar ( I use a Tbl because I like my dough sweet.) in the water to feed the yeast but go to your taste. I don't use a lot of sugar but you want enough to feed the yeast. Sprinkle yeast on top and let rise until foamy. Add flour and stir until dough forms a ball. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and not sticky. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a long snake about 1/2 inch thick and 15 inches long. Make into pretzel shape. Place on greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Combine the egg with water and brush on top of pretzels. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes until golden brown.
Variation: Sprinkle with Sugar and Cinnamon for that sweet pretzel taste.