1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cups hot
kosher salt, for topping
1.In a small bowl, dissolve yeast
and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2.In a large bowl, mix together
flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the centre; add the oil and
yeast mixture. Mix and form into dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two
tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with
oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in
size, about 1 hour.
3.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
(230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
4.When risen, turn dough out onto
a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into
a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip
each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt.
5.Bake in preheated oven for 8
minutes, until browned.