I like to bake bread, and have for a long time. #1 Son asked me to make pretzels instead of bread and so I did. Holy cow, it's easy.
Step 1: Make your favorite easy bread dough. Whichever recipe you like is fine. You want brioche pretzels? Sure.
Step 2: Divide the dough into 1/8 of a loaf pieces (obviously, before you bake it).
Step 3: Roll each piece of dough into a roughly two foot long roll. It should be about as thick as your finger. Form the dough string into a "U" shape, and then take the ends and cross them over into the traditional pretzel shape.
Step 4: Boil the pretzels one at a time for 30 seconds in a solution of 10 cups water and 2/3 cup of baking soda. I like to flip the pretzels half way through, but have absolutely no idea whether this improves the final product or not.
Step 5: Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with pretzel salt (a coarser grind then even kosher salt; do not use other kinds of salt here!). Bake at 450° for 12 minutes until brown.
Stolen from Alton Brown, except I used my regular "Ted Bread" recipe, at the request of the kids.