- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- 3 tsp dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (105 – 110 degrees F)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- Cornmeal and extra flour for dusting work surface
- Coarse kosher salt
- hot dogs (I prefer all beef hot dogs)
- sliced cheese (American or cheddar)
Make the pretzel dough:
- In a large bowl, combine yeast, 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar, and water and let stand 5 minutes until foamy and bubbly.
- Add remaining sugar and salt and stir well.
- Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing until well incorporated.
- Knead dough until smooth (about 7 minutes) and has a sheen.
- Transfer to a bowl and let stand, covered for 40 minutes in a warm place.
Make the pretzel dog:
- Dust your work surface with flour and cornmeal.
- Divide dough into approximately equal pieces and roll out to desired length and thickness.
- Place 1 slice of cheese and 1 hot dog on dough.
- Roll the dough until it completely covers the hot dog and cheese. Pinch off excess dough.
- Place the pretzel dog on a baking sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal.
- Repeat until all hot dogs are used.
- Allow pretzel dog dough to rise for 30 minutes, uncovered.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Carefully transfer risen pretzel dogs to boiling water with spatula and boil ~3.5 minutes. (IMPORTANT!)
- Transfer boiled pretzel dogs to a rack to drain for 1 minute.
- Arrange pretzel dogs on a baking sheet, lightly dusted with cornmeal, and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Note: Don’t skip boiling the pretzel dogs. If you do, the dough will become very hard.