Homemade and soft pretzels
Homemade soft pretzels are a treat – and not that difficult to make. They can be ready in ninety minutes, from start to finish. Guaranteed, they will be gone in less time than it takes to make them.
Mix up your dough and let it rest for at least 20 minutes. Your dough should be the texture of bread. You can add more flour or more water, depending on your dough. I’ve had to do both, and I measure each time. I don’t know what makes the difference. You can let it sit for over an hour if you need to. When you’re ready to bake, roll the dough into “worms” or “logs” or “knots” and put into pretzel shapes.
Dip the shaped dough into the baking soda water and put onto a tray. You can sprinkle salt on here or wait and add it with the butter after they are out of the oven. Let them rise for 20-30 minutes.
Bake for 7-10 minutes at 450. I use a convection oven.
Do not over bake. Once you remove them from the oven, brush with melted butter. You can add kosher salt or pretzel salt to the butter.
Serve with cheese sauce or plain. A recipe for the homemade cheese sauce in the photo can be found by clicking on this link.
This recipe for pretzels is from my niece, Bonita. Everybody loves Bonita’s pretzels. They are a favorite for birthdays and celebratory events.
The recipe for soft pretzels
Homemade Soft Pretzels
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups regular flour
- 2 cups bread flour
- Let dough rise for 20 minutes or longer
- Dissolve 1-2 cups hot water and 2 Tablespoons baking soda for the glaze
- 4 Tablespoons butter melted, mixed with 1 teaspoon pretzel or kosher salt (optional)
- Dissolve yeast in water
- Mix flours and sugar together
- Add yeast in water
- Mix into a soft dough
- Let rise for 20-30 minutes
- Roll out into "logs" and twist into knots or pretzel shapes OR let in long pretzels with two sides twisted together
- Place on greased baking sheet
- You can sprinkle pretzel/kosher salt on the dough now or add it to your butter at the end
- Allow to rise for about 5 minutes
- Bake at 450 for 7-10 minutes, until golden brown
- Remove from oven and brush with butter/salt
Photo credits: Lucia Good