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Soft Pretzel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 packet active instant yeast 2 and 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour approximately

Optional

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • course sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. *You do not have to measure the temperature. Stir with a spoon until mixed - takes about 1 minute. You may have some small clusters of yeast that remains.
  4. Add salt and sugar; stir until combined.
  5. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick.
  6. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky continue to add up to 1/2 cup more. ** Hint - if you poke the dough with your finger and it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes and shape into a ball.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into approximately 1/3 cup sections. **This measurement does not have to be exact - use however much dough you would like depending on the size of the pretzel that you desire.
  9. Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter. Roll to your desired length. (We rolled the dough to about 20 inches in length).
  10. Form the pretzel -Take the ends of the rope and draw them together so the dough forms a U. Cross the ends over each other about an inch from the ends, then twist them over each other. Then bring the ends towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  11. Optional: You can boil 9 cups of water with 2/3 cup of baking soda. Dunk the pretzels one by one into the mixture for 30 seconds. This will give you that dark exterior and texture of traditional pretzels. Again, it's not necessary and we did not do it for these pretzels.
  12. In a pie dish beat the egg with a whisk. Dunk the shaped pretzel into the egg wash (both sides). Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. **Another option would be to coat with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for a sweet version of this recipe.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  14. Turn the oven to broil and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the tops. Watch closely to avoid burning. ** Skip this step if you dunked the pretzel in the baking soda bath.

Recipe Notes

Serve warm or at room temperature. Pretzels may be stored in an airtight container for 3 days - to prevent losing softness, add a piece of bread to your container. Pretzels will also freeze well.