For the pretzels
- 1 ½ cups Waterwarm (lukewarm– no need to take temperature)
- 1 packet Active dry yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 tbsp Unsalted buttermelted and slightly cool
- 3 ¾-4 cups All-purpose flourplus more to dust the work surface
- Sea saltcoarse, for sprinkling on top
For the baking soda bath
- ½ cup Baking soda
- 9 cups Water
Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels
These Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels were a revelation to me the first time I made them. They really are super easy to make! A pretzel is a type of pastry made from dough which is shaped into a knot and decorated with coarse sea salt crystals. Did you know that the secret to a pretzel’s chewy ‘skin’ is bathing it in a baking soda bath before baking it in the oven?
I start these pretzels by making a dough from yeast, warm water, salt, brown sugar, butter and flour. I shape sections of the dough into traditional knot shaped pretzels which I dunk in a boiling water baking soda bath for about 20 seconds. Once the excess water drains from the pretzels, I sprinkle sea salt on top and bake them in the oven. Dee-licious!
To make Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels, you will need the following ingredients:
So, how to make Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels?
Steps to make Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels
Knead the dough
Heat the oven and prepare baking sheets
Preheat the oven to 400 °F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set the baking sheets aside.
Shape the pretzels
Prepare the baking soda bath
Cook each pretzel in the water
Decorate with salt