In a bowl combine 1 1/2 cups warm water & 1 tbsp granulated sugar.  Sprinkle 1 sachet yeast on top and mix together.

Add 4 1/2 cups bread flour, pinch of salt & 2 tbsp cooled melted butter.  Knead for about 5 mins until the mixture is smooth but slightly sticky.  Cover the dough with clingfilm and set aside for 1 hour.  The dough should double in size.

Cut the hotdogs in half and slice the dough into around 12 pieces.  On a floured surface roll each slice of dough starting in the centre & working outwards creating long dough strands.

Wrap each dough strand around the half hotdogs.  

Make sure to pinch the ends tightly to seal them or else they will unravel.
Boil the dogs in a large sauce pan of boiling water & 1 cup baking soda for 30 secs.  Remove and place on an oiled baking tray.  brush with a beaten egg and top with salt and pepper.

You should end up with golden brown goodness and your kitchen should smell divine.

I love pretzels, I love hot dogs, I love this recipe.  Everything is made from scratch (not the hotdog's, that's a bit gross) and boy oh boy do they just taste delicious.  This recipe requires patience, but the time and effort result in mouth wateringly-good salty chewy pretzel dogs.  I'm assuming they give you the feel of being at an all American baseball game, at least that's what I imagine when I'm eating them.  Dip into ketchup for added yumminess or posh it up a bit and dunk straight into a jar of fancy chutney, just like I did.  Delicious.  Recipe adapted from original here.

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