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Homemade Pretzels

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These homemade soft pretzels are as good (in my humble opinion) as Auntie Anne’s pretzels. They are not as greasy, however (though you can add more butter according to each person’s preference), and they’re super easy to make. It’s your basic bread prep method plus a few extra steps like shaping your dough into pretzels and dipping them into a baking soda/water mixture. Then a simple bake afterwards as you would bread.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1-½ cup Warm Water
  • 5 cups Flour
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ cups Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Hot Water
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with 1 1/2 cups warm water. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes until mixture becomes foamy.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Mix in the oil and make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the yeast mixture and use a mixer to thoroughly mix dough together. Add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of water if dough is too dry to work with. Knead for about 5 minutes using the dough attachment of your mixer (or 7 minutes by hand). Form into a ball and lightly oil the ball. Place in a large bowl and place a towel over the top. Place in a warm area and allow to double in size. This usually takes 1-2 hours.

In a medium bowl, mix baking soda and hot water together. Preheat oven to 450 F.

Once dough has doubled in size, form into a log shape (about the shape of a baguette). See related blog post for step-by-step photos. Cut log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip pretzels in the baking soda/water mixture and place on a greased baking sheet (6 pretzels per sheet). Sprinkle with the sea salt.

Bake in the heated oven for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.

Adapted from Buttery Soft Pretzels recipe on allrecipes.com.

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armymom1501 on 3.9.2014

These are “out of this world” good! I made six with salt and six with cinnamon and sugar – both were excellent!! I do need to work on my shaping of the dough into pretzel shapes – my daughter declared they were “obese pretzels”!!! I always say there is a learning curve with most yeast based baking and for this recipe that would be the shape!

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kbacon on 10.20.2013

These were fantastic!! Everyone in the house loved them and was so easy to make!! I made two batches of dough one for pretzels and one to make pretzel rolls for hamburgers, both the pretzels and rolls turned out great!! This recipe is a keeper!!

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