Makes 18 soft pretzels
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
6 tablespoons cold water
Shortening for deep frying
Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in Crisco with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until dry ingredients are moistened and dough can be gathered into a ball. Knead gently a few times.
Pinch off pieces of dough and shape into 1-inch balls.
Roll each ball between hands to form a 10-inch rope. Form each rope into a pretzel shape. Set on waxed paper.
Heat crisco to 365ÂºF in a deep saucepan or deep fryer.
Fry 3 pretzels at a time in hot crisco for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with coarse salt.