Place yeast, milk, oil and 1 tsp of the sugar into Thermomix bowl and blend 3 sec/speed 5. Warm through for 2 min/37°C/speed 2.
Add remaining sugar, flour and salt and mix 10 sec/speed 7.
Knead 3 min/Interval. If the dough is dry or wet at this point add additional water or flour as needed! (You need a firm dough for pretzels.)
Wrap in oiled bread mat and set in warm place to double for a couple of hours.
Meanwhile, pre heat oven to 220°C and if you have a pizza stone, heat in oven at the same time.
Place bicarb soda into water and dissolve with fork.
Divide dough into a bakers dozen (13...really!) and then form pretzels by rolling long 'snakes' out of each piece.
Holding each end of the dough, hit the bread mat a few times to lengthen and even out the dough. Make large pretzel shape, push joins together and then dip into cooled bicarb water before placing directly onto heated pizza stone, (or paper lined baking tray). Cook for about 8 minutes until golden brown, remove and cool slightly before brushing with melted butter and sprinkling with toppings of choice.
You'll be telling everyone that 'these pretzels are making me thirsty' in no time.
Serve with Blue cheese or ranch dressing to dip, or even a good homemade tomato marinara sauce.