Pretzels are a family favorite, but the recipe is often intimidating. We found and adapted a simple recipe so we could make them easily on the weekend.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Place sugar and yeast in warm water. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes until it starts to foam. Pour into a stand mixer. Using a dough hook, mix with the flour, salt sugar, and butter until it is well mixed. It should form a ball. If it is too wet, add a bit of flour a little at a time until it forms a ball.
Place in a well oiled glass bowl and let stand for 45 to an hour.
Punch down and roll out into 12 pieces of rope dough. Roll into the pretzel shape.
Add baking soda into the water, and boil. Drop the pretzels into the water for 15 to 30 seconds and remove. Place on parchment baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg and add kosher salt to taste.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
Enjoy warm or store in airtight container to enjoy later.