• 2 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast (1/4 ounce envelope)
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 5 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Ketchup, mustard, or melted cheese (for dipping)
  • Baking sheet
  • Hand mixer or mixer with a dough hook
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoons
  • Parchment baking paper
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water. Add 1/4 cup raw sugar.
  3. Transfer to a mixer or large bowl if using a hand mixer.
  4. Add flour to the liquid mixture a little at a time until the dough is completely blended together.
  5. Break into 1 1/2 inch chunks and roll out into tubes about 8-10 inches long.  (Tip: Sprinkle a little flour on the surface where you will be rolling and twisting the pretzels.)
  6. Fold into the shape of a heart, making a "V" then twisting the tips together, pressing down to form a pointy tip at the bottom and at the top center. (Tip: Keep the pretzels about 4 inches wide)
  7. In a large pot, mix baking soda and 10 cups water.
  8. Bring to a boil, and drop each pretzel into the water for about 45 seconds then remove it with tongs and a spatula.
  9. Place on parchment on a baking sheet.
  10. While damp, sprinkle the tops of the pretzels with kosher salt.
  11. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden.