Make your own soft pretzel knots with this easy-to-follow recipe. It’s great for a side dish or just a fun snack on its own!
Soft pretzels are such a delicious treat. But if you’re intimidated about making this fun snack at home – don’t be!
In addition to only needing a handful of common pantry ingredients, homemade soft pretzels really only require around 15 minutes of work.
In fact, making your own soft pretzels is so easy, that you’ll wonder what took you so long to learn how to make them.
Making your own soft pretzels at home can be broken down into three easy steps: making the dough, soaking the dough in a baking soda bath, and baking the soft pretzels.
Here is everything you need to know about making homemade soft pretzels.
How to Make Soft Pretzels from Scratch
The first step to making homemade soft pretzels is to make the dough. For your pretzel dough, you’ll need:
- Warm water
Start by activating the yeast by combining it with warm water. Use lukewarm water when activating your yeast for best results.
Add the water to the bowl of a stand mixer and stir in the yeast until it begins to dissolve. Allow the yeast to rest in the water for around five minutes until it begins to bubble and foam.
When the yeast is activated, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and set it to low speed to incorporate all the ingredients.
When the dough begins to form, increase the speed to medium and knead the dough with the dough hook for around five minutes. Then, cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow it to sit in a warm spot to rise for around an hour.
When the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface.
If the dough is sticky, work some more flour into it by kneading the dough. Then, cut the dough into even strips, around six inches long.
Twist the dough into knots and set each knot aside while you prepare the baking soda bath.
Dip the Soft Pretzels
To get the correct texture for your soft pretzels, they each need to be dipped in a baking soda bath. To make the bath, you’ll need:
- Baking soda
Bring four cups of water to a boil.
Mix in the baking soda and stir until it is dissolved.
Remove the pan from heat and dip each pretzel knot in the baking soda bath.
Transfer the knots to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then place the pretzels on a baking sheet.
Bake the Pretzels
When all the pretzels have been dipped in the baking soda bath, it’s time to get them ready for baking.
Brush each pretzel knot with melted butter, then sprinkle coarse salt over the top of all the pretzels.
Bake your homemade soft pretzels in a 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
- 1 package yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the yeast and warm water. Allow to rest until bubbles begin to form.
Add the flour, sugar, and salt. Beat with the hook attachment on low until soft dough begins to form. Turn up the speed to medium and knead the dough for five minutes.
Cover the bowl and place in a warm area to rise for one hour.
When the dough has doubled in size, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Turn the dough out on a floured surface and form into a long log shape. Cut even strips from the dough. Cut each strip in half and roll out into a thin strip. Twist the strip into a knot and set aside.
When all the knots are formed, bring the four cups of water to a boil. Add the baking soda and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
Dip each pretzel knot into the baking soda water, then transfer it to a paper towel lined plate.
Move all the dipped pretzels to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread melted butter over each knot. Top all the pretzels with coarse salt.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pretzels are golden brown.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Please verify this information with your preferred nutrition calculator.
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