• 1.5 c warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package yeast
  • 4.5 c all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 10 c water
  • 2/3 c baking soda
  • Vegetable oil
  • Two sheet trays, lined w/ oiled parchment paper
  • 1 egg beaten, with 1/4 c water
  • Coarse kosher or pretzel salt



  1. Mix 1.5 c warm water, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl gradually combine flour with yeast mixture and melted butter.
  3. Knead dough on a floured surface approximately 10 minutes until stretchy.
  4. Roll dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour in a warm place.
  5. Punch down dough and roll into desired pretzel or loaf shape. 
  6. Bring 10 c water to a boil, then add baking soda.
  7. Working in batches, boil pretzels for 1 minute each, turning halfway.
  8. Drain with a slotted spoon and place pretzels on baking trays.
  9. Brush pretzels with egg wash and top with coarse salt.
  10. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 14 minutes, turning trays and swapping rack position halfway.
  11. Allow pretzels to cool before serving, or go ahead and burn your mouth real bad.
Kori Hill