Last Christmas I was given a pretzel machine, similar to a George Forman grill but the plates are designed for pretzels. The book had this recipe in it and boy does it make great pretzels. If you are a fan of Auntie Ann's Pretzels then this is the recipe for you.
1Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.
2Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.
3Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
4While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp. baking soda. Stir often.
5After dough has risen, roll out dough and shape into pretzel shapes.
6Dip pretzels into baking soda solution and place onto preheated cooking plates (or a cookie sheet for the oven)
7Place in oven (or pretzel maker) for 5-7 minutes on about 400 degrees (less if you like softer). Remove each pretzel and brush with melted butter.
8After you brush with butter try sprinkling with sea salt.
To make sweet pretzels, melt a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Then dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.