Leave it to Deb over at Smitten Kitchen to hit the nail on the head once again. I'm not going to bother re-posting the recipe. Follow this link to find it and you'll be all set. I followed her instructions to a "t".
Swollen, strange looking poached pretzels. It's okay. They are supposed to look this weird.
While making soft pretzels is time consuming...add the yeast to warm water and sugar: let it sit 10 minutes, make and knead the dough: let it rise 1 hour, form the pretzels: let them raise 10 minutes, poach for 1 minute on each side, brush with egg and sprinkle with salt, bake for 12 minutes...it's is worth it.
You don't believe me anymore, do you?
Okay, the steps are extensive BUT you can clean up the kitchen, tidy up the school table and shelves, read to the kids and clean up the kitchen some more while you wait. That's what I did and it all worked out fine.
The kids made a tray and I made one. As you can see, they like them, too.
If you love soft pretzels and you have yet to find a recipe that you equally love, please give Deb's a try. I think you will be very pleased. I am:-).