This is a great recipe! I followed the directions except I omitted all sugar (except for the sugar that is mixed with the yeast). If you don't want sweet pretzels, this is the way to do it. Also, 2 minutes before they were done baking, I brushed melted butter on them and put them back in the oven.
A few things about making these... Roll them out really long (almost 1 1/2 feet) and roll them out in your hands starting at one end (with dough hanging) and working your way to the other end. It's almost impossible to roll them out on a surface. Also, I think that the dough needed about 1/4 cup more water (or more). Lastly, they need a bit longer than 8 minutes to cook in order to get browned nicely.
Next time, I will try substituting some whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour and maybe brush the pretzels with egg whites before cooking, because the baking soda didn't make the surface crackle (I assume that was the desired effect). It didn't effect the taste either though--they were great!
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This is a great recipe! I followed the directions except I omitted all sugar (except for the...