We made these last night to test on my family, then made then tonight for Young Womens. They were delicious! The recipe I had was a little too dry to work with, so I ended up with the following. Not one left at the activity, and the family was certainly eager to eat what wouldn't fit on the tray for Young Womens!
In a small bowl combine:
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
Dissolve the yeast mixture and set it aside for about ten minutes.
In your mixing bowl mix together:
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add:
1 Tablespoon oil
and the yeast mixture.
Mix together and knead for about ten minutes. Remember soft pretzels are a little heavier than traditional bread so kneading the dough may give you a workout. I like to start mine in the Kitchen-Aid, then knead the last four or five minutes by hand.
Set aside in a greased bowl until the dough is double, about one hour.
Once the dough has risen, divide into 16 equal parts. Make a long rope from the dough and shape into a pretzel. Bake on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 for 8 minutes.
If serving right away, brush generously with melted butter and top with salt or cinnamon and sugar. If you will be serving these later, reheat in the microwave for about fifteen seconds, then top with melter butter and salt or cinnamon sugar.