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Easy Soft Pretzels

Easy Soft Pretzels
Active time: 30-45 min; Total time: 2 hr 15- 2hr 30 min (a bit longer if making extra toppings) Ingredients: 1 tsp instant yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water for proofing 10 cups for boiling 1 teaspoon for egg wash 1 tablespoon of sugar 2 teaspoons of salt 4 1/2 cups All Purpose, non-bleached flour 2/3 of a cup of baking soda 4 tablespoons of butter 1 egg Kosher salt for topping Topping Options: Savory 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon garlic powder Sweet 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup honey Materials: 2 large bowls 1 small bowl for melting butter A cutting board or other larger surface 1 or more cup, measuring cup (liquid) 1 cup measuring cup (dry ingredients) Dutch over or other large pot Baking sheets (2 or more generally) Parchment paper Plastic wrap Vegetable oil (spray or liquid) Optional Materials: Dough Divider/Scraper Bagel strainer

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