1 1/2tspinstant yeastoriginal recipe uses active dry, so a swap would be fine
2litersof water for boiling
salt for sprinkling
Add water, flour, sugar and yeast to bread machine in order listed. Turn on the dough cycle. Check dough after 5 minutes to see if an additional tbsp of water or flour is needed for dough to come together.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
When dough cycle is finished, remove from bread machine. Divide into 8 pieces to make medium-sized pretzels, or tear off and roll small pieces into balls for pretzel bites.
In a large pot, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Boil pretzels and pretzel bites for 15-30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towel.
Place onto greased baking sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm with caramel or other sauce, or enjoy plain!
If you are making the dough in your stand mixer, remember to leave about an hour for rise time before rolling the dough into shape. Cover and let rise in a warm place, just like you would with regular bread or bun dough.