Homemade soft pretzel recipe
Listen, if you know me, you know a girl loves soft pretzels. Like... it is a borderline obsession. I have had my fair share of soft pretzels, so when I started tweaking recipes, it took a little bit to get them perfect. These pretzels are giving ole auntie anne a run for her money! If you try them, let me know how ya like 'em!
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast (i used 2 packets)
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup water (100 degrees)
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups of hot water
- 1/4 stick of butter
- salt for topping
STEP ONE: In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the 1 1/4 cup of warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to rise.
STEP TWO: In a large bowl or mixer (using a dough hook), mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 1.5 teaspoon of salt, and the flour. Add in oil and the yeast mixture. If it feels/looks dry, add in water by the tablespoon until it seems to be the right texture. Knead/mix until the dough is smooth. Cover with plastic wrap at let it sit in a warm place for an hour until it doubles in size.
STEP THREE: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and grease your baking sheets.
STEP FOUR: In a large bowl, dissolve the baking soda in 4 cups of hot water and set aside. Split your dough into about 10 equal parts and roll each out into ropes. Make it into a pretzel shape. Dip the pretzel in the warm water and baking soda mix and then put it on the baking sheet.
STEP FIVE: Put them in the preheated oven until they turn golden brown - about 8 minutes.
STEP SIX: Melt butter and brush it over the hot pretzel (make sure to do this as soon as they get out of the oven!) Top with salt.