I haven't tried to make pretzels in years...I figured I would give them another try today.
1-1/2 cups water
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. firmly-packed light brown sugar
3-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast
2 quarts water
1/3 cup baking soda
Place the first five ingredients in your bread machine in the order specified by the manufacturer.
Set the machine to the dough cycle.
When cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a lightly-floured surface, and let it rest a few minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Divide dough into 12-14 equal pieces. Roll each piece out to a 15-inch rope.
Make a U with each rope, then cross the ends. Pick up the ends and twist, and then fold up to make a pretzel shape. Pinch to seal.
Place the pretzels on foil lined baking sheets.
Place the 2 quarts of water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the baking soda, and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Slide 2-3 pretzels at a time into the baking soda bath. Let them simmer about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pretzels. Transfer to the cooling rack. Sprinkle with kosher salt. (I also did some with cinnamon & sugar mixture)
When all of the pretzels have come out of the baking soda bath, transfer them to the foil lined baking sheets.
Bake 8-12 minutes until golden brown.
All done and VERY yummy!!