When Josh came home craving soft pretzels, we immediately turned to 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. This cookbook is fantastic. It not only describes how to make the pretzels, but it also explains how to use the bread machine. Any cookbook that can make baking easier is number one in our book.
These pretzels were extremely easy to make, tasted delicious, and left the house smelling amazing. The total baking trifecta.
1 1/4 cups of water
1 1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
4 cups of bread flour
1 teaspoon of bread machine or instant yeast
1 tablespoon of water
1/4 cup sea salt (or sesame seeds)
Measure pretzel ingredients into the bread machine baking pan.
Select Dough Cycle recommended for pretzels by the bread machine manufacturer.
Remove dough from bread machine and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough into 12 equal portions.
Roll each into 16-inch rope.
On a lightly greased pan, form each rope into a circle with the ends overlapping the circle. Grasping one end in each hand, cross the left end over the right and twist once. Then bring the top of the circle over the twisted ends.
Brush topping on each pretzel
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes