Makes about 10
1 package active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (lukewarm, not hot!)
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 cups all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup baking soda (approximately)
5 cups water
to taste kosher salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water (with a very small pinch of sugar)
Combine flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in water mixture.
Beat until smooth / knead until elastic (10 minutes or so)
Heat oven to 475 F.
In a saucepan, bring 5 cups of water and 1/2 cup baking soda
to a boil.
Form pretzels from dough and boil each one about 30 seconds,
until it floats and turns yellow. Drop onto a greased rack.
Apply kosher salt.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes; remove from rack immediately or they'll