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       Title: SOFT PRETZELS
  Categories: Snacks, Breads
       Yield: 1 servings
       1    Envelope yeast
   1 1/4 c  Warm water
       1 ts Sugar
       2 ts Salt
       4 c  Flour (plus extra)
            Butter as needed
       4 ts Soda
            Coarse salt for sprinkling
   Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 c of the water.  Then stir in an additional
   cup of warm water, and the sugar.  Pour the yeast mixture into a bowl
   and add the salt.  Beat in the flour to make a stiff dough.  Knead it
   for 10 min or until the dough is elastic.  Place in a bowl and spread
   it with butter. Cover it and let it rise for 45 min or until double
   in size. Shape the dough into sticks or twists.  Make it 1/2 the
   thickness of the desired finished pretzel.
   Bring 4 cups of water to boiling with the soda.  Drop in 3 pretzels
   at a time.  Boil them for 1 minute or until they float.  Remove and
   drain them, and place them on buttered cookie sheets.  Sprinkle them
   with coarse salt. Bake the pretzels at 475 F for 12 minutes or until
   golden brown. To make them crisp, lay them on a cookie sheet and
   place them in a warm oven 200 F for 2 hours.
   Source:  Amish Cooking c. 1980 Pathway Publishing Corporation Shared
   by Elizabeth Rodier from library book 5/93