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Soft Pretzels

by Joe Cassady

Ingredients

1 cup beer

1 tablespoon margarine

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 egg

1 tablespoon warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2 tablespoons kosher salt


Directions

Measure first 6 ingredients in order listed into baking pan. Select: Dough/Pasta Setting and press start.

When the cycle is complete remove dough to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle. Roll into a 14X9 inch rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut into eighteen 14X1/2 inch strips. Gently pull each strip into a rope 16 inches long. To shape into pretzels: Curve ends of each rope to make a circle; cross ends at top. Twist ends once and lay over bottom of circle. Place on greased baking sheets. DO NOT LET RISE.

Combine lightly beaten egg and 1tablespoon water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 18-20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets and let pretzels cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

Makes 18 pretzels

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