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Pretzels

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 Tbsp sugar
* 2 tsp active dry yeast
* 1 cup warm water
* 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) sweet butter, melted and cooled
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 egg yolk
* 2 Tbsp sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix 4 tablespoons of the flour with the sugar and dry yeast. Add the warm water and mix well. Put in a warm place for 5 minutes.

Add the yeast mixture and butter to the remaining flour and salt, and mix well. Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes. Allow the dough to rise in a greased bowl in a warm place for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll, and form each piece into a pretzel shape.

Place on a greased baking sheet, mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water, and brush the mixture onto the pretzels. Sprinkle with sugar, a sugar and cinnamon mixture, or coarse sea salt, and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.

Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Makes 2 dozen.

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