Easy Soft Pretzels Appetizer


3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted 
2 tablespoon sugar 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 pkg active dry yeast 
1 cup water 
1 tablespoon water 
1 egg yolk, beaten 
1 coarse salt 

Mix 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. 
Heat 1 cup water and margarine to 120 to 130 degrees. Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer. 
Add 1/2 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-inch rope. Shape into pretzels or other shapes. 
Place on greased baking sheets. 
Cover; let rest 5 minutes. 
Mix egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. 
Bake at 375 degrees 15 minutes or until done. Cool on racks.


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