|Warm water||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Dry yeast||1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)|
|Flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Coarse salt||To Taste|
|Poppy seeds/Sesame seeds||1 Tablespoon|
Put the 1 1/2 cups of warm water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl.
Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Stir in the flour and mix well, first with a wooden spoon, then with your hands.
Put extra flour on the counter, turn out the dough, and knead about 20 times by folding the dough over onto itself.
You can bang it, slam it, or give it a good karate chop.
Put the dough back in the bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 20 to 30 balls, about the size of golf balls.
Use extra flour on your hands if the dough is sticky.
Roll out each ball with your hands into a long stick as thick as your thumb.
Shape the sticks into hearts, stars, snails, fish, pretzels, initials anything! Turn the oven on to 400 F.
Place all your creations on cookie sheets.
Use a fork to mix the water and egg together in a bowl and brush on the pretzel shapes with a pastry brush.
Sprinkle with coarse salt, poppy or sesame seeds or leave plain.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until hard and brown.
Cool on a rack.
If you want more bread-like pretzels, bake them for only 15 minutes (but they won't keep as well).