Giant Pretzels

4 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
2 ¼ cup warm water
4 ½ tsp. sugar
2 ¼ tsp. salt
5 cups all purpose flour
2 TBSP olive oil or butter
Coarse salt

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar and salt. Stir in flour, ½ cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes (dough will still be slightly sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and divide into 18 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 14 inch rope; twist into a pretzel shape. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with olive oil or butter; sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Serve warm.

Thanks to Heidi Vawdrey for this great recipe. These have become a staple in our home- I make them every week.


Nurse Heidi said...

Mmmm, pretzels. Love them. I usually make the fatter and more compact. My kids love cinnamon sugar and butter on top, but I'm always partial to the salt ones.

Unknown said...

Another fabulous idea! The kids are excited to make them today, and I already know that they are nummy! Mmmmm MMM mmmm

Unknown said...

They were a hit! Ronald and the boys gobbled them up (nearly before they'd even cooled.) Thanks again

team_edwards_mom said...

They look great - I tried them, and will have to try again. i left them in too long. Still trying the baking thing. I love all your recipes!