1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups flour (half and half white/whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 tablespoon baking soda
kosher salt, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds, to taste
1. Cover baking sheet with parchment. Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let rest 10 minutes. Add oil, flour, salt, and knead for 10 minutes (or put in a bread machine).
2. Divide and roll into long ropes; shape into a pretzels. Place on prepared baking sheet until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Bring water and baking soda to a boil. Liberally brush hot water/soda onto each pretzel and sprinkle with kosher salt, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds.
4. Bake or 12-15 minutes, flipping baking racks half way through if you have two sheets.
Source of recipe: Recipe reprinted from http://weblog.jessigurr.com/?p=177 with permission.