1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar and salt. Stir in flour, 1/2 cup at a time. To form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and divide into six portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 14-in. rope; twist in a pretzel shape.
Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with butter; sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Serve warm. Makes 6 pretzels.