4 1/2  cups of all purpose flour

3/4 cups baking soda

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 3/4 cups warm water

1 package of active dry yeast

4 oz. unsalted butter (melted)

1 egg (beaten with 1 tsp. of water)

vegetable oil (just 2 tbs. to grease a bowl)


1. In a bowl, put water, butter and yeast. Stir and let stay for 5 minutes.

2. Add flour and salt and mix on a slow speed. It should be mixed well. Remove from mixer and put on a floured board. (Add a drop more water to dough, if needed.)

3. Knead the dough (about 3-4 minutes) , forming a round ball shape.

4. Place dough into an oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Keep in a warm place for 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Fill a pot with 2-3 quarts of water and baking soda. Bring to a boil.

6. Remove dough from bowl.  Cut the dough into 10 smaller balls. Roll each ball into 20 inch long ropes. Then cut into 1- 1 1/2 inch. pieces. Shape each piece. (See picture.)

7. Drop each piece into boiling water for about 30 seconds. Only do 5-7 pieces at a time. Remove quickly with a slotted spoon, so water drains.

8. Place dough pieces (about 18-20) on a cookie sheet. Brush egg mixture on each piece and sprinkle with salt.  Bake for about 12 minutes. They should be a little golden brown. Do a taste test.

Serve warm.