Makes 6 pretzels (up to you if you want to roll into sticks or make into bites!)
2 teaspoons dry active or rapid rise yeast (½ packet)
⅓ cup warm water
½ cup warm milk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or oil
¼ cup baking soda
3 cups water
3 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt to top
Whisk together yeast and warm water in bowl until dissolved. Add milk, flour, light brown sugar, salt, and fat. Mix by hand or with dough hook until combined. Knead for 7 minutes.
Transfer to oil lined bowl and cover with plastic, leave in a warm, dark place for 1-2 hours where it will double in size.
Bring baking soda and water to a boil in a shallow pan and heat oven to 450F.
Deflate dough on counter, and divide into 6 pieces. Roll each piece out to 20-inches long, then take each rope and twist it into a pretzel.
Boil pretzel dough for 20 seconds face down, then 20 seconds on bottom side, for 40 seconds total.
Transfer boiled pretzel dough to greased baking sheet.
Using clean hands or a paint brush coat each in melted butter.
Sprinkle surface of each with salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until a deep golden brown. Remove from oven and paint once more with melted butter.
Serve warm solo or with your favorite dipping sauce as a sidekick.