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       Title: GERMAN SOFT PRETZELS
  Categories: Breads
       Yield: 1 servings
  
       1 pk Active dry yeast
       1 c  Warm water
   2 1/2    To 3 cups all purpose flour
       2 tb Salad oil
       1 tb Sugar
       6 tb Baking soda in 6 cups water
            Coarse salt
  
   In a bowl , dissolve yeast in water.  Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour,the
   oil,and sugar.  Beat for about 3 minutes to make a smooth batter.
   Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
   Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and satiny (about
   5 minutes) adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place dough in
   a greased bowl; turn over to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm
   place until double (about 1 hour).
   
   Punch down dough, turn out onto a floured board,and divide into 12
   pieces. Shape each into a smooth ball by gently kneading. Then roll
   each into a smooth rope about 18 inches long, and twist into a
   pretzel shape. Place slightly apart on a greased baking sheet turning
   loose ends underneath. Let rise, uncovered,until puffy (about 25
   minutes)
   
   Meanwhile, in a 3-quart stainless steel or enameled pan (not aluminum)
   bring soda water to a boil; adjust water to keep water boiling
   gently. With a slotted spatula, lower 1 pretzel at a time into pan.
   Let simmer for 10 seconds on each side,then lift from water,drain
   briefly on spatula, and return to baking sheet. Let dry briefly, then
   sprinkle with coarse salt and let stand,uncovered, until all have
   simmered.
   
   Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until
   golden brown.  Transfer to racks; serve warm with butter, mustard or
   even cream cheese. Or let cool completely,wrap airtight,and freeze.
   To reheat, place frozen on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a
   preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until hot. Makes 1
   dozen pretzels.
  
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