This recipe will be enough for 8-10 Laugenbroetchen or a dozen pretzel.
You will need:
500g Flour (you can use Flour of your choice; though I prefer the normal white wheat flour) Make sure it is plain flour and not self-rising.
Two packs of dry yeast
1 1/2 liter Water
400-500 ml of either Unsweetened Almond Milk (I personally do not like Soymilk), Beer (go for a yeasty or Dark one with this option) or Milk (if you want the classic Vegetarian one)
You can also use fried onions, or cheese or both or anything else that fancies your taste to make variations.
Mix the Flour, the yeast, a little bit of the table salt, a little bit of sugar with your choice of Liquid, (do not add all at once, but knead and mix and add as needed until you have a mass of dough which is not sticky but not crumbly.
Let the dough rest for 45 minutes.
Take the water and higher pot, add about three big spoons of Soda. Bring to cooking, and let boil for 15 minutes.
Also pre-heat the Oven to about 200 degrees celsius (fan).
In the mean time, roll the dough out to a sausage, Decide if you want to make Bretzel or Broetchen. If you want to make, Broetchen cut the sausage into 8-10 equally sized pieces. If you want to make, Bretzel cut it into 12-14 pieces.
Depending on your former choice now form either Bretzel or Broetchen.
Now You use a Schoepfkelle. I have no idea what it’s called in English, so here is a picture:
Depending if you formed Broetchen or Bretzel the following will differ timewise.
Have a flat oven tray ready with a piece of non-stick baking paper and the raw salt.
Take only one piece at a time and place it on your Schoepfkelle, put it in the boiling Soda water for 20-30 seconds if it’s a Bretzel or 40-50 seconds if it’s a Broetchen. Do not leave it in longer or dump them in, let them rest on your Schoepfkelle. Take it out and place it carefully if its a Broetchen you now ant to carefully cut a small cross int he top with a sharp knife. Put a little bit of the raw Salt over it.
Protip: If your Dough sticks a little bit, use a silicon Dough mixer to force it off carefully.
Repeat until all your pieces are on the paper on the tray. Place in the oven and watch baking. Once all pieces are golden brown remove from the oven and let them sit for 10-20 minutes so they can settle, this time will depend on the surrounding temperature.
They are ready now for you to enjoy. They go great with an acidic and fruity salad, just plain butter or with a nice soup.