Wednesday, October 24, 2012

delicious soft pretzels

Nothing tastes better than a fresh baked soft pretzel! Back in Jr. High - we had a unit on home economics - there were a few recipes that we made, and although I wasn't at school on the day these were covered - my best friend brought home a copy of the recipe and we made them together.

I quickly became obsessed, as did my brother and all of his was a regular request and a recipe that was frequently made.

The original recipe only makes 8 pretzels - so I used to triple it - even by doing that, they often only lasted 2 days.

I don't make them near as often as I should - but my brother has been bugging me for MANY months to bake them - so yesterday I set to work

I am not sure where the recipe came from as I have long since lost the paper it came on - but here it is

1 cup luke warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 pkg (15 ml) dry yeast
0.5 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups of flour (you may need to add a little more if the dough is too sticky)
1 egg white
coarse salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees; grease baking sheet

In a small bowl - dissolve the sugar and yeast in water (mix with a fork and let sit approx 5 minutes)

In a large bowl - combine flour and salt; add the yeast mixture and combine using your hands. Mixture will be sticky - combine and knead approx 5 minutes - dough should be slightly elasticky (if it sticks to your hands, add a small amount of flour)

Break into 8 pieces - roll out on a floured surface and then shape into a pretzel (or any shape you like); place on your baking sheet and continue until all pieces are done.

Brush each pretzel with egg white and sprinkle with coarse salt

Bake approx 10 minutes (tops should be slightly golden)

Serve warm (I like mine with butter, but my brother and hubby eat theirs with mustard)


  1. My mouth is absolutely watering - I love that they are baked and not fried. After this week is over, I will have to remember to come back and take a look at the recipe again :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Will have these ready for the kis/hubby for after school/work snack. The weather here is making me want to bake!

  3. I am so going to make these with my kids!! Thank you for sharing!! - Lee

  4. I've never made pretzels before but have always wanted to! Thanks for sharing...they look tasty!

  5. Wow, aren't these delicious! How about some nutella to spread on the pretzels :)


  6. I absolutely love soft pretzels they are truly one of my go to items when at fairs or walking by Aunt Annie's Pretzels. :)

  7. Thanks for the recipe! Do you ever add a sweet touch to them? (e.g. cinnamon sugar, honey glaze, etc.) Sounds like a good base recipe in any case that can be jazzed up in different ways!

    BTW I've always wondered where the "pretzel taste" comes - probably the yeast??

    1. I have thought about making garlic/butter, cinnamon sugar and pizza - but never done it....

  8. I've always wanted to try making my own pretzels! These look yummy. So glad you shared in on the SITS facebook page!

    1. they are so yummy! I have perfected it now, but the first few times I made them my kitchen was a disaster (although being a teenager probably was part of that!)

  9. They look so good. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  10. If you give them a baking soda bath (dip 30 sec in 2/3 cup baking soda in 10 cups boiling water) you get the deep brown color and chewy ballpark pretzel taste! I use the Alton Brown recipe.

  11. Oh my gosh! These look SO good...and SO easy! I love warm pretzels like this but never thought to make any myself as I was certain it would be hard to do. Thanks for sharing this :)


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