Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
In a large bowl add yeast slowly to warm water. DO NOT STIR! Soak for 3-4 minutes until dissolved. Add sugar and salt stir well.
Stir flour with a mixing fork. Mix until all the flour is well combined. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes.
Cut lumps of dough the size of large marshmallows.
Roll into ropes and shape.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with course salt.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
(makes 16 pretzels)