4 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
1 ¼ cups warm water
5 cups flour
½ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
¼ cup salt flakes for topping
Dissolve yeast, teaspoon of sugar and warm water in a bowl and leave to stand for around 10 minutes (until yeast begins to foam)
In a large bowl mix flour, remaining sugar and salt. Make a well and add the oil and yeast mixture and mix until if forms a dough. Add a tablespoon of water if the mixture is a little dry.
Knead until smooth – around 8 minutes.
Oil a large bowl and place kneaded dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Leave in a warm place for it to double in size – around an hour
Preheat oven to 230 degrees c. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Turn the dough out on to a clean and floured surface and divide in to 12 equally sized pieces. Roll each piece in to a rope. Twist in to a pretzel shape (twist once and press) and use a little bit of water to press the pretzel together.
In a large bowl dissolve baking soda in the hot water.
Use a spatula to lift the pretzel and dip in to the baking soda and water solution. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt flakes.
Bake in the oven for around 8 minutes – serve fresh!
If you want to get the grandkids involved, get the dough ready and involve them once it’s time to start rolling the dough in to rope shapes, they are sure to want to help.
Keep your hands scald free and do not try to dip the pretzels in with your hands. Use the spatula, it’s much easier and mess free too!
These do freeze well but fresh is best!
You could make smaller pretzels but if you do this, you will need to adjust your baking times
Make sure you knead the dough for long enough, this does require a bit of work but will make for a better final product.