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Place water in large mixing bowl.
Add molasses to water and mix well.
Add yeast to water, stir a little.
Let yeast bloom for 5-10 minutes. (It will start to activate and look like its bubbly)
Add 1 cup rye flour, 2 1/2 cups AP flour, and salt to bowl with yeast mixture.
Turn dough onto floured parchment papered surface. (You don't have to use parchment paper I just find it makes it easier to clean up afterwards.)
Begin to knead dough adding up to the rest of 1 cup flour remaining.
Push dough with the palms of your hand, then fold back over the top.
Kneed for about 12-15 minutes.
The texture of dough when finished is slightly shiny, but not sticky at all. It stretches easily without ripping apart and is soft and supple.
Once your done kneading roll into a ball and set on parchment paper.
Brush all sides of a large mixing bowl with the butter.
Then place dough ball in the mixing bowl and cover with a towel.
Place bowl in warm area. see note**
Let dough rise about 1 1/2 hours until ball has doubled in size.
Once dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl and cut into 12 pieces for large pretzels or 20 for smaller pretzels.
Roll each piece into long strands, about 16 inches long.
Twist into pretzel shape and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Allow to rise for another 15-20 minutes.
The recipe can be made ahead to this point and freeze them for later use if you'd like. (see note**)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
A little bit at a time to avoid the water overflowing add the baking soda.
-4 at time, add pretzels to water for 30 secs on each side.
Remove from water and place on baking sheet.
Sprinkle pretzel salt onto pretzels.
Complete 30 sec/side boil of all pretzels and place in 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes for the large size or 10-15 for the small size.
Best if served while still warm.
Goes well with mustard ;)