Following King Arthur Flour on Instagram made these pretzels an absolute necessity when they came across my feed, especially when I realized I had all of the ingredients on hand. These pretzels were a big hit. Inspired, I tried some other popular pretzel recipes, including one with cinnamon and sugar topping. They were all good, but the King Arthur recipe was our favorite. I found they did not keep very well, so be sure to have enough friends around to eat all of them!
2 1/2 cups King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (I used a packet)
7/8 to 1 cup warm water
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons baking soda
coarse salt (I used sea salt)
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1. Put all dough ingredients in a stand mixer. Combine, and knead for 5 minutes.
2. Flour the dough, cover, and let rest for 30 minutes.
3. While dough is resting, prepare the topping. Combine boiling water and baking soda in a shallow dish. I use a pie plate or a 9 x 9 baking dish. The baking soda should dissolve almost completely. Allow mixture to cool.
4. Preheat oven to 475. Line baking dish with a Silpat or parchment paper.
5. Transfer dough to working surface and cut into 8 equal pieces. I half the dough three times to get 8 pieces.
6. Roll each piece of dough into a long rope. Twist into a pretzel shape.
7. Place twisted pretzels 4 at a time into the baking soda mixture. Be sure to cover their surfaces. Leave them in the baking soda bath for 2 minutes.
8. Transfer pretzels onto baking sheet(s), sprinkle with salt, allow to rest for 10 minutes.
9. Bake at 475 for 8 – 9 minutes. Remove pretzels when golden brown and brush with melted butter.