Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Soft delicious pretzels
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Ingredients

For the pretzels
1 ½ cups Water warm (lukewarm– no need to take temperature)
1 packet Active dry yeast
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1 tbsp Unsalted butter melted and slightly cool
3 ¾-4 cups All-purpose flour plus more to dust the work surface
Sea salt coarse, for sprinkling on top
For the baking soda bath
½ cup Baking soda
9 cups Water

Nutritional information

156
Calories
1.4g
Fat
30.9g
Carbohydrate
4.4g
Protein
3mg
Cholesterol
203mg
Sodium
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Ingredients
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  • For the baking soda bath

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

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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:

Ingridiens for Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

So, how to make Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels?

Steps to make Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

1
2

Mix the yeast and warm water together. Leave for 1 minute before adding the salt, brown sugar, and melted butter. Whisk well.

2

Make dough

5

Gradually add 3 cups of flour and mix with a wooden spoon (or dough hook attached to stand mixer) until the dough is thick and no longer sticky. Add the remaining flour, as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.

3

Knead the dough

15

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes before shaping it into a ball. Cover the dough lightly with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

4

Heat the oven and prepare baking sheets

5

Preheat the oven to 400 °F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set the baking sheets aside.

5

Divide dough

5

Cut the dough into ⅓ cup sections using a knife. Shape the dough sections into a 20-22 inch rope.

6

Shape the pretzels

5

Bring the ends together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends and then bring them towards yourself. Press them down to make a pretzel shape.

7

Prepare the baking soda bath

5

Place the baking soda and water in a large pot and bring to a boil.

8

Cook each pretzel in the water

5

Drop each pretzel in the baking soda bath carefully for 20 seconds. Lift the pretzel from the water using a slotted spoon and allow the excess water to drain off.

9

Decorate with salt

1

Place the pretzels on the baking sheet and sprinkle coarse crystals of sea salt on top.

10

Bake

15

Bake the pretzels in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown on top.

11

Serve

Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

These Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels are delicious when served warm but they will keep for a few days too. Try them soon and make sure you tag all your baking photos with #cookmerecipes.

Dasha is an enthusiastic and cheerful mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Dasha is going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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