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Category: Bread | Serves: 16

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Nutrition Information:
Calories: 163
Protein: 5 g
Carbs: 33 g
Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 588 mg
Fiber: 1 g

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Forget oversized soft pretzels from the mall when you can make a lower-calorie version at home! Use whole wheat flour for a healthy whole grain version.
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
4 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
Salt (optional)
1 Preheat oven to 425º F.
2 In a medium sized bowl, combine water, sugar and salt then sprinkle yeast on surface of water. Let stand for 10 minutes to activate yeast.
3 Stir in flour and mix well with a wooden spoon.
4 Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth. To knead dough, flatten it with your hands, fold the dough into quarters and then flatten again.
5 Do this for about five minutes. Flour your hands and the work surface to keep the dough from sticking.
6 Roll the dough into 12" lengths, about 1/2" thick. Form the dough strips into different shapes: the "usual pretzel shape," numbers, letters, etc. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush with egg or water then sprinkle lightly with salt (optional).
7 Bake at 425º F. for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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