Here is a clone of that famous pretzel I can hardly ever resist when we’re doing our “day at the mall” shopping. It took a lot of practice to get comfortable with the twisting of the dough to create the traditional knotted pretzel. But even if they look a little rustic compared to the chain variety, they still taste great. Have fun with this one!

    1 ½ cups warm water
    2 (¼-ounce) packages quick-rise yeast
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 ½ teaspoons salt
    1 cup bread flour
    3–4 cups all-purpose flour

    Baking Soda Bath
    2 tablespoons baking soda
    2 cups warm water

    ¼ cup butter, melted, for serving
    Sea salt, for serving