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Big Soft Pretzels


Ingredients


1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup wheat flor

1 small pkg yeast

2 tbsp salad oil

1 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup warm water

6 tbsp baking soda

Coarse salt,poppy or caraway seeds


Directions

Mix together 1 cup flour,the wheat flour,yeast,salad oil,sugar,and salt.

Add the water and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add the remaining flour and mix well.

Turn dough out onto counter and knead til dough is no longer sticky,adding small amounts of flour as needed,

Knead 2-3 minutes more and then place dough in a greased bowl,turning to coat,and let rise for 1 hour.

Punch dough down and turn out onto lightly floured surface.

Divide dough into 12 portions and shape each into a ball.

Roll each ball into an 18 inch rope and form each into a pretzel shape.

Place pretzels onto a cookie sheet and let rise again.

Use a large(non-aluminum) pan and bring 6 cups of water and the 6 tbsp of baking soda to a simmer.

Gently lower 1 pretzel at a time into the water and simmer on each side for 10 seconds.

Place the pretzels 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet and let dry slightly.

Sprinkle each with the coarse salt,poppy or caraway seeds.

Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes or til browned.

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