Use a baking soda water bath instead of lye as a safer, widely available alternative without compromising on color, taste, or texture.
4 cups flour
7g active dried yeast
1 cup milk
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp salt
4 cups water
3 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp salt coarse
Activate the yeast with lukewarm milk and sugar.
Combine all ingredients and create a homogenous dough.
Rest the dough for 30 minutes in a warm place.
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
Form the pretzels and let them proof for another 15 min.
Make the soda bath by bringing the water and baking soda up to a boil and reduce it to a simmer.
Boil the pretzels in the bath for 20 seconds each. Transfer them back to a lined baking tray.
Add toppings and bake them for 20-25 minutes.
Make sure your yeast is fully activated before adding it to the dry ingredients.
This recipe makes 4 large pretzels, 8 medium-sized ones, or 16 snack-size pretzels.
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