This is a favorite at our house. (I'd love to claim the credit, but Jason's the one who always makes these.) Delicious!
1 1/8 cups water (around 70-80 degrees F)
3 tablespoons light corn syrup (or can use brown sugar)
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons margarine (cut into 4 pieces)
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
non-stick cooking spray
4 tablespoons margarine (melted)
coarse sea salt
Place the first five ingredients in the bread machine in the order they are listed (putting one margarine piece in each corner of the bread maker and the yeast in the center of the flour).
Select the “Dough” setting on the bread machine and let it run its cycle (should take about 80-90 minutes).
When cycle is complete, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight balls.
In a saucepan, combine water and baking soda and bring to a boil.
While soda water is heating up, use your hands to roll each ball into a rope about 20 inches long and then form into pretzel shape.
Carefully lower pretzels (one at a time) into the boiling soda water for about 10 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon, and place onto paper towel.
Spray baking sheet, place pretzels, baste them with butter, and liberally sprinkle salt.
Bake at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes.