The consistency of these pretzels is similar to that of a bagel, making these an excellent sandwich option. The best part about this recipe? It can be done, from start to finish, in about an hour.
- fresh bakery yeast or equivalent - 1 oz. (see NOTES)
- brown sugar - 1⁄3 cup, lightly packed
- warm water - 2 cups
- flour - 5 cups
- salt - 1 tsp
- sesame seeds - 1½ cups
- Kosher salt - for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, place the yeast, brown sugar and about half the water. Let stand until yeast proofs, about five minutes.
3. Add the flour, salt and remaining water and mix for about 5 minutes. Cover bowl with kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
4. Cut dough into 8 or 10 evenly sized balls and roll out into thin ropes — as thin as you can. Prepare one large bowl of very warm water, and one bowl of sesame seeds. Dip each rope first into the bowl of water, immersing it fully for one second, and then roll in sesame seeds, completely covering. Shape into a pretzel by making a loop with one half and then with the other half.
5. Place on a parchment
NOTE: Although the directions call for an electric mixer, this recipe can also be made by hand.