1 Pkg. dry yeast
 1-1/4 cups warm water
 2 Tsp. salt
 4 to 5 cups unsifted flour
 Butter
 4 Tsp. baking soda
 Kosher salt
 
 Dissolve yeat in 1/4 cup of the water.
 Stir the rest of the water into the yeast.
 Mix 4 cups flour and the salt in a large bowl.
 Add dissolved yeast.
 Add enough additional flour to make a stiff dough.
 Knead for 10 minutes or until dough is elastic.
 Form dough into a ball and coat with butter.
 Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 45 minutes.
 Pinch off a small ball of dough and form a coil 20 long, 1/2 in
 diameter.
 Shape into pretzel form (or not as you desire).
 (If making pretzel shapes, wet the ends to help them stay together).
 Dissolve baking soda in 4 cups water and bring to a boil.
 Drop one pretzel at a time into the water and let boil until it
 floats.
 (I use more water and soda and do several at a time).
 Remove from water and drain.
 Place on a buttered baking sheet.
 Sprinkle with coarse salt.
 Bake at 475 degrees for 12 minutes or until browned.