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Fredrik Backman's Homemade Soft Pretzels

Fredrik Backman's Homemade Soft Pretzels

1 ½ cups warm water
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
4 ½ cups flour
2 tbsp. oil
⅔ cup baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
Coarse salt

Mix water, salt, sugar, yeast, flour, and oil into dough. Dab with oil and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap in a warm place for one hour. Cut dough into eight pieces. Roll each piece into thin ropes, twisting to form a pretzel shape. Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot and cook each pretzel for 30 seconds per side. Place pretzels on a baking sheet, brush with egg, and sprinkle with salt. Bake 15 minutes at 400°F or until golden brown.

New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman was born June 2, 1981, in Sweden. He began writing while earning a living as a truck driver. He gained literary prominence with his debut novel, A Man Called Ove, which was later adapted into the American film A Man Called Otto, featuring Tom Hanks. Backman's other best-selling works encompass My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People. His books have been published in more than 46 languages. Backman lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

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The Shower Effect

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