Homemade Soft  Pretzel Knots

"Homemade soft pretzel knots are as fun to eat as they are to make. Perfect for dunking in nacho cheese, mustard, or my bacon beer cheese. "

RENEE NICOLE'S KITCHEN

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INGREDIENTS

Soft Pretzel Ingredients – 4 cups flour – 2 tsp salt – 2 tsp sugar – 1 tsp instant yeast – 1 1/2 cups warm water Baking Soda Bath Ingredients – 4 cups water – 4 TBSP baking soda Egg Wash Ingredients – 1 egg white – kosher or sea salt (optional)

Yield

prep time

1 HOUR

total time

18 PRETZEL KNOTS

Soft Pretzel Knots

3 HOURS  9 MINUTES

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1. In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, measure out flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine, then add the warm water in the center of the flour. Gently stir to incorporate. The dough will be shaggy and loose. Allow to rest 5 - 10 minutes.

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2. If mixing by hand: turn rested dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 10 minutes. If using a stand mixer: attach dough hook and knead on lowest setting for 10 minutes.

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3. Shape dough into a ball. Place into an oiled bowl turn to coat the dough, then cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm location to rise 1 - 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.

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4. Punch down dough and divide into 18 equal parts. Shape each smaller section into a ball, then roll it out into an 8" log. Tie the log into a simple knot, by looping it over itself and tucking in the end.

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5. Line up tied knots with space between them and cover with a dry kitchen towel to rise a second time, until doubled in size, approximately 30 minutes.

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6. Butter or grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 425º.

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7. In a wide pot, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, add the pretzel knots to the baking soda bath. Boil for 30 - 45 seconds then flip them over to boil the other side. Remove knots from the baking soda bath and place on the baking sheet.

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8. Separate your egg and whip the egg white until foamy. Brush over the tops of the pretzels and sprinkle immediately with salt, if using. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes in a 425º oven until dark golden brown.

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9. Enjoy hot from the oven with your favorite dip.

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Serve with Bacon Beer Cheese Dip

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