- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 3 ounces unsalted butter melted
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (Captains Sea Salt Grinder)
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- Canola oil to grease bowl
- 3 quarts water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- Coarse sea salt
Rosemary Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
Step OneTo make the pretzels: combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Step TwoAdd the salt, flour, and rosemary to the mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
Step ThreeCoat a large bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour.
Step FourPreheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
Step FiveRemove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with sea salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
Step SixRemove pretzels from oven and let cool on a wire baking rack.
Step SevenTo make the Rosemary Cheese Sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour. Pour in the milk and whisk until the mixture thickens. Stir in shredded cheese, stir until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in fresh rosemary and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with pretzels