This easy pretzel bread is made with fast rising yeast. If you only need 1 loaf, halve the recipe and use 1 1/8 teaspoon of yeast.
The original recipe said to punch down the dough, shape into loaves and then boil. I like to let the shaped loaves sit for about 15 minutes while I prepare the water bath. They'll rise a little while they sit, but they'll also expand quite a bit during the boiling process.