1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Oil, for brushing
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
Sincerely, Brigitte Jalapeño Cilantro Cheese
In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar and kosher salt. Next sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes or until it begins to foam.
Add the flour and butter and mix until it’s well combined. Then knead on a lightly floured surface, until the dough is smooth, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a large pot.
In the meantime, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 2 foot rope.
Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place them onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula and place on your baking sheet.
Grate the Sincerely, Brigitte Jalapeno Cilantro Cheese on top of the pretzels. You can put as much or as little as you would like.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.