First of all, to make a good pretzel, you really just need any basic dough recipe and the baking soda bath. The baking soda bath is what makes it pretzelly.
The key alterations I found was that I only needed about 3 cups of flour. If you didn't read the reviews and started with 5 cups of flour, your pretzels will suck.
I also changed was only using half the amount of water/baking soda for the bath (and I still had more than I needed for 12 pretzels - you could probably 1/4 it).
4 tsp of yeast is a lot for something that doesn't actually need to ride all that much. You can get away with just 2 or 3.
The other thing the recipe was missing was instructions for rolling out the dough. I divided my dough into 12 parts rolled each piece between my hands into a fat snake (like you'd do with playdough). Then I used my rolling pin to roll it into a long flat strip (about 24 inches). Once I got the length I needed, I rounded it out to the thickness of my finger.
I also cooked mine at 450 for 15 minutes but I've seen a variety of reviews about cooking for less or lower temps.
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First of all, to make a good pretzel, you really just need any basic dough recipe and the...