Preparation / Directions:
Add 1/2 cup [3/4 cup] water, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon [3/4 teaspoon] salt, bread flour, sugar, and yeast to bread machine pan in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough /manual cycle.
When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
Roll into a 12x4-inch 4x6-inch] rectangle.
With sharp knife, cut into eight 12x1/2-inch [twelve 14x1/2-inch] strips.
Gently pull each strip into a rope about 14  inches long. To shape into pretzels: Curve ends of each rope to make a circle; cross ends at top.
Twist ends once and lay over bottom of circle. Place on greased baking sheet[s]. Do not let rise.
Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt or sesame seed. Bake at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until done.
(For even browning when using two sheets, switch sheets halfway through baking.) Remove from sheet[s]; cool on rack. Makes 8  pretzels.
Cycle: Dough/manual cycle.