1 pkg yeast
1 C warm water
1C (128g) bread flour
2C (256g) AP flour
2T softened butter
1/4 C (72g) baking soda or lye. Lye is better, higher pH
Mix up yeast solution.
Place flour in large bowl and cut in butter.
Mix yeast solution with flour. Mix with wooden spoon. Gather dough together and turn onto lightly floured surface. Knead about 5 minutes until no longer sticky. Let rise until double in size.
Cut into 12 equal pieces, roll into 18 inch rope. Form U shape and twist ends together,fold back on itself. Press the ends of the rope to seal. Place on oiled baking sheet, let rise 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475
Bring soda solution to boil. Boil pretzels 20-30 seconds per side. Drain on wire rack. Place on oiled sheet, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 15 minutes