Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)

Homemade Soft Pretzels

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 T. sugar

1 t. salt

1 pkg. active dry yeast

1 cup water

1 T. margarine

1 T. water

1 egg yolk; beaten

Coarse salt for topping


Mix 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Heat 1 cup water and margarine to 120 to 130 . Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer. Add cup flour. Beat at high speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. On floured board, knead 5 minutes. Set in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place 40 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each into a 20 rope. Shape into pretzels or other shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover; let rest 5 minutes. Mix egg yolk and 1 T. water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until done. Cool on racks.