I made this in a bread machine, following reviews about using less (bread) flour and subbing margarine for oil. They look perfect,like many of the photos, but the texture inside is too soft for a pretzel- not chewy at all. Perhaps it was because they are not dipped in hot, simmering water for a minute first. Also, next time I will definitely cut back on the salt topping, since the coarse sea salt I used was a bit too crunchy and salty for my taste. I don't normally give a less-than-perfect rating for a recipe I didn't follow exactly, but if you're looking for a chewy soft pretzel, this probably isn't it- unless using the bread machine to make the dough and let it rise is the reason for the soft dough. Otherwise, they were tasty and will definitely not go to waste!
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I made this in a bread machine, following reviews about using less (bread) flour and subbing...