Soft Pretzels

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Well hello there, sports fans! I’m back in the swing of things after a brief trip to Chicago to visit family, and have I got a fun, city-inspired treat for you…

I just hopped off the plane a few hours ago, and while I’d love to say I’ve already been back in the kitchen and baking up a storm, there’s a big suitcase full of clothes on the bed proving that there are more productive things I should be doing at the moment… like sharing this incredibly easy and irresistible pretzel recipe with you!

So, let’s get to it.

I’m still not sure what inspired me to make pretzels last week, but I can attribute it to two possible things: First, it could be the Modern Marvels “SnackFood Tech” episode that left Mark and I in a trance-like state after they featured an amazing little gadget that ties 2,000 pounds of pretzels an hour. (Here’s a clip of it in action). Or, it could be the fact that pretzels just remind me of the good, old-fashioned fare and happy times at the Fenway Park baseball games we used to go to every spring.

Whatever memory may to be to blame, I’m sure glad I stumbled across it because these pretzels were very easy to prepare, and such a scrumptious snack with a side of spicy mustard. Not only would they make for a pretty popular bite at barbecues, but they’d also be great for a kids’ birthday party, a casual get-together with friends, or as a yummy snack to savor while watching the game at home.

Now, I’ve got to finish unpacking and start dreaming up more delicious recipes. I hope you  enjoy this one, and as always, please let me know how it turns out if you give it a go!

Soft Pretzels

Servings 12 pretzels

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 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 hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt for topping

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough with your hands. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  • When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape (Here is a useful tutorial). Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Homemade pretzels are the best! I like to eat mine with honey mustard :)

  2. Yum! I want to dip mine in honey!

    — Lauren

  3. Hi! Just found you and love your dishes and photos. Gorgeous pretzels!! I’ll be making them very soon.

  4. Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

  5. I have always wanted to make my own pretzels! You make it sound so doable, I am going to hav eto go for it! Yum!

  6. That’s great, Katie – I hope they turn out well for you!

  7. I love pretzels and these look so good. I’ve never tried making my own but it doesn’t look so tough!

  8. I made soft pretzels not too long ago and loved them, I need to make more. Yours look incredible!

  9. Thank you, Jessie and Annalise!

    Annalise – I saw yours, and they are adorable! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. That’s a gorgeous pretzel- so shiny and full of salt. It makes me want to make some right now! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. Every pretzel recipe I’ve tried has not turned out well at all. Thanks for sharing this one…it seems easy and definitely worth a try :) I really like your blog!

  12. My son (and I) loves soft pretzels… Thank you for this recipe! He is coming home for three weeks of leave after deployment (Yea!) and I cannot wait to surprise him with these pretzels!

  13. I just happened upon your blog, and I love it! You’ve got a new follower! I’ve always wanted to try making soft pretzels. These look fantastic ~ Kathy

  14. What a beautiful site you have Georgia! So glad you stopped by to say hello so I could discover you!

  15. Made these for the game tonight…. amazing the turned out perfect! thank you :)

  16. There’s nothing better to snack on, than a good soft pretzel. Thank you for posting this.

  17. Hi.I’m Malaysian.I really love your blog with so many recipes!I never eat pretzel,bcause its doesn’t have here but I really want to try your recipe bcause its look easier than I think.haha tq so much :)

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