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    Divide the risen dough into 12 equal pieces.

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    Roll each piece of dough on an unfloured surface to make a rope about 18 inches long.

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    Make a "U" shape, then twist about 3 inches from the ends.

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    You can get close to the effects of a lye bath by baking the baking soda on a sheet pan for 30 minutes.

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    Adding barley malt syrup or brown sugar to the poaching water heightens color and flavor.

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    Poach the pretzels three at a time, 30 seconds on each side.

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    Homemade pretzels are brushed with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse salt and baked.

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    Baking soft pretzels is a great activity for kids and perfect for Super Bowl parties.

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