For Pretzel Dough
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast or 1 packet rapid rise yeast
1 Tablespoon salt (I like pink himalayan salt)
2 Tablespoons Honey
4 1/2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cup warm water
Add the above ingredients to your bread machine pot in the order recommended by your manufacturer. Mine are listed the way I place them in my Breadman machine. Set your machine to 2 lb. dough setting. Let run and raise in bread machine approx. 1 1/2 hours.
For Dunking Rolled And Shaped Pretzels Into (To give them a darker color and pretzel taste)
2/3 cup baking soda
large pasta pot boiling water
When the dough has raised put the 2/3 cup baking soda in large pasta pot of boiling water. Stir and it will dissolve and cool while you shape your pretzels. On a lightly floured surface dump out your dough and separate it into 8 parts. Roll out into 8 snake like pieces than shape your pretzel. I found that my longer thinner links turned out into better pretzel shapes. Take the shaped pretzel and dunk it into the baking soda water. Place on your oiled (cooking sprayed) baking sheet. Use a stick of butter at room temperature to rub the top of your pretzels add salt to the top if you desire. Preheat oven to 450* and when you have them all shaped, dunked, buttered, and salted bake for 10- 15 minutes.
* My husband and son helped me roll out the pretzels and they had a tough time rolling the dough into snakes or long links but no matter what they looked like they tasted great. P.S- It was much easier rolling them out after my hands were a little wet from dunking the one before in the soda water.