Pretzels

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp. active yeast (1 1/2 pkg)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda
To taste coarse salt
2−4 Tbs. butter (melted)

Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.
Add sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.
Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbs. baking soda.
Be certain to stir often.
After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape.
Dip pretzel into soda solution and place on greased baking sheet.
Allow pretzel to rise again.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden.
Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
Toppings:
After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
Or for Auntie Anne's famous cinnamon sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl( big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another bowl, make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously.
Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture.