This isn’t an ideal substitute, though, because baking soda on its own is still way less alkali than lye, and doesn’t offer that distinctive crust and flavor. Get the amount you need from a neighbor, friend or family member ... or call someone and ask them to buy some on the way home from work or school I do not have a recipe for the cheese sauce. Given that your recipe calls for 1/3 cup of soda, I would NOT try to substitute powder. I stumbled upon this page while browsing, after making a batch of pretzels (my own buffalo chicken pretzel bites recipe).. i did the dip in baking soda water (after it boiled) Then after cooking for 10 minutes on 400, i did a (shake n’ bake) of seasonings and popped back in the oven for 40 minutes on 350 to get that hard pretzel bite.. This technique is used in a molasses based muffin, as well as a molasses based cookie. A baking soda bath is actually a cheat for at home pretzel makers, it’s used instead of lye, which can be a bit dangerous to handle if you aren’t a professional in that area. Kansui as Pretzel Lye substitute? I'll take the lye, any day, for that hard, shiny crust. Baking powder CAN be substituted in some recipes (they are NOT 'two completely different things'), but, if you substitute powder for soda, you need to use three times as much. The pretzels stayed the same so I do not do that additional step for these pretzels. as for lye, i handle it in chemistry class (im in the 11th grade), we wear goggles, but not gloves and its always fine. Lye dough is typically formed into pretzels, rolls, horns, hearts and sticks as well as the usually mechanically produced salt sticks and salt pretzels. ive made alton browns pretzels several times using a baking soda bath, they come out perfect and delicious, they taste just like you bought them off a new york city street vendor. Traditional soft pretzels are briefly boiled in baking soda water before baking to achieve a chewier crust. Since baking soda is an ingredient of baking powder, baking powder is technically the best substitute for baking soda. Oct 26 2010 - 4:07am. Using Lye for Bread Pretzels. Baked soda is also strong enough to make a good lye substitute for pretzels. I did try that with this recipe but it did not have the same effect. Baking soda, on the other hand, is great for bagels. BTW, I've made Bavarian style pretzels using both lye and baking soda. I have worked with a few recipes at work that call for dissolving baking soda in boiling water, and then adding that to the batter as a final step in the mix. A common home alternative to lye when making pretzels or bagels is to use a baking soda solution. Homemade soft pretzels require quite a bit of baking soda and I'm afraid there is no substitute when you need so much. 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