This was so much fun to do! My recipe only yielded 5 pretzels =D The boyfriend and I did monster ones. For mine, I used 3 cups bread flour and 1 cup all purpose. I let the dough rise as a whole (not in its pretzel shape) on a cookie sheet, on a bit of buttered foil then I covered the dough with another bit of ungreased foil and THEN covered that with a kitchen towel. I sat the whole thing over a large bowl of hot water to help it rise.
After we formed the giant pretzels, I baked them for a 5 minutes at 300 degrees and then boiled them. They were a lot easier to handle that way. I took them out of the bath and put them on a paper towel to kind of drain and then cooked them.
As far as baking time, always watch your oven. The recipe says 12 minutes, and I did mine for 7. Oven times always differ so make sure you're in the room and you're SMELLING for doneness. Once you go "ooh, I smell pretzels" they're a minute or two from coming out. Anyway, They were better than the mall ones. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our spoils quite nicely. I've tried 2 other pretzel recipes that were 'quick and easy' and they just tasted rushed and doughy and not in a good way. Take the time to do it deliciously.
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This was so much fun to do! My recipe only yielded 5 pretzels =D The boyfriend and I did...