This soft pretzels dough is a family recipe that only needs to rest for 10 minutes before shaping. The quick baking soda boil gives the pretzels their traditional flavor.
This is one of the easiest ways to prepare homemade soft pretzels and the results are extra delicious.
Servings For : 4-6 People Prep Time : 30 Minutes
1 and 1/2 cups warm water
3 1/4 – 4 cups flour
1 packet active dry yeast
salt 1 teaspoon
sugar 1 Tablespoon
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cool coarse sea salt sesame seeds for sprinkling.
Baking Soda Bath:-
1/2 cup baking soda
9 cups water
With the same dough I made some hotdogs pretzels bites.
See More : Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites Recipe
Whisk the yeast into warm water. Allow to sit for 2 minutes, Whisk in salt, sugar, and melted butter.
Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix in a stand mixer until the dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more, as needed, Poke the dough with your finger if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and shape it into a ball. Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. (Meanwhile, I like to get the water + baking soda boiling).
Preheat oven to 400°, In your baking sheet place parchment paper, lightly spray with nonstick spray, or grease with butter. Set aside.
Cut the dough into small-medium size balls then roll the dough into a 20-22 inch rope. Form a circle with the dough by bringing the two ends together at the top of the circle. Twist the ends together. Bring the twisted ends back down towards yourself and press them down to form a pretzel shape.
Bring baking soda and 9 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Drop 1-2 pretzels into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Any more than that and your pretzels will have a metallic taste. Using a slotted spatula, lift the pretzel out of the water and allow as much of the excess water to drip off. Place pretzel onto a prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each with coarse sea salt, I like it with some sesame seeds.
Bake the soft pretzel for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and brush the top with butter, serve warm with cheese sauce.
You can check out my Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels bites recipe on the blog.