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Soft Pretzels

1 cup warm water
1 package dry active yeast
1 12 cups flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 teaspoon salt
1 14 cups flour
4 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse salt


Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let stand for 10 minutes. Add the vegetable oil, salt and 1 1/2 cups flour. Stir togrther until thoroughly combined. Add remaining flour and knead dough for 5 minutes. Let the dough rest for 1 hour. Divide the dough into 12 equal shapes and reform them into small balls. Let them rest for 15 minutes. Roll them into 18" lengths and form them into pretzel shapes or cut each length in half to make sticks. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot, place the baking soda and water to a boil. Let the pretzels rise for a 1/2 hour. Add the pretzels to the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove and place on a greased sheetpan. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake for 12 minutes.

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