Salty or Sweet Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels are so yummy and I had just assumed that they would be a bit of a pain to make at home. Boy was I wrong.

This is a super easy recipe to follow that will let you make salted or cinnamon sugar pretzels to satisfy any craving. I greatly recommend eating them fresh out of the oven!

Salty or Sweet Soft Pretzels

This recipe makes 8 pretzels with the cinnamon sugar pretzels at 245 calories per pretzels and the salted ones at 230 per pretzel.

Ingredients:

Pretzel Dough

  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbs melted butter
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 cups plain or all-purpose flour

Soda Bath

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Tbs baking soda

Topping

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • c.2 Tbs of course sea salt OR cinnamon sugar
    • You can make your own cinnamon sugar by combining 4 Tbs of castor sugar and 1 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon (this will leave you with extra)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 C or 475 F and line two baking sheets with silicone liners.
    • You can use baking paper, but it will stick to the pretzels, silicone is a much better option if you have it.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, sugar and warm water with a whisk and let rest for about five minutes until foaming. If it doesn’t foam, try again with new yeast.
  3. Switching to the dough hook, add in butter and salt and mix.     DSC_0129
  4. Add the flour one cup at a time until dough is not sticky and when you press your finger into it, it springs back. You may need to add some additional flour depending on the humidity and temperture when you bake.
  5. Once dough is at desired consistency, knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes.
  6. Form the dough into a ball in the mixing bowl and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  7. While the dough rests, place a small-medium sized pot over medium heat on the stove and combine the water and baking soda for the soda bath. Mix the soda in until dissolved and allow the water to reach a boiling point.    DSC_0131
  8. Once boiling, remove from heat and allow to cool while you prep the pretzels.
  9. Press the dough out slightly on a clean counter top and divide into eight even sections.                               DSC_0132
  10. Roll each section into a long rope about 17-18 inches long.
  11. Shape into pretzels.
  12. Place each pretzel into the soda bath for two minutes (one at a time). Make sure the water fully covers the pretzel and splash any areas that don’t. Use a spatula to carefully lower and lift the pretzels as they are very delicate.
    • It takes about two minutes to roll out and shape each pretzel so you can make the next pretzel while the first sits in the bath.
  13. Transfer the pretzels onto the baking tray.               IMG_6782
  14. If you are making the salted pretzels, sprinkle salt over the tops.
  15. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.       IMG_6783
  16. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes.
  17. Transfer onto a cooling rack and brush heavily with melted butter.
  18. If you are doing the sweet option, sprinkle lots of cinnamon sugar over the tops.

Now you can enjoy your pretzels warm and delicious from the oven!

Hope you enjoy them as much as us!

 

Here is an easy to print version:

Salty or Sweet Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:

Pretzel Dough

  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbs melted butter
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 cups plain or all-purpose flour

Soda Bath

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Tbs baking soda

Topping

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • c.2 Tbs of course sea salt OR cinnamon sugar
    • You can make your own cinnamon sugar by combining 4 Tbs of castor sugar and 1 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon (this will leave you with extra)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 C or 475 F and line two baking sheets with silicone liners.
    • You can use baking paper, but it will stick to the pretzels, silicone is a much better option if you have it.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, sugar and warm water with a whisk and let rest for about five minutes until foaming. If it doesn’t foam, try again with new yeast.
  3. Switching to the dough hook, add in butter and salt and mix.
  4. Add the flour one cup at a time until dough is not sticky and when you press your finger into it, it springs back. You may need to add some additional flour depending on the humidity and temperture when you bake.
  5. Once dough is at desired consistency, knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes.
  6. Form the dough into a ball in the mixing bowl and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  7. While the dough rests, place a small-medium sized pot over medium heat on the stove and combine the water and baking soda for the soda bath. Mix the soda in until dissolved and allow the water to reach a boiling point.
  8. Once boiling, remove from heat and allow to cool while you prep the pretzels.
  9. Press the dough out slightly on a clean counter top and divide into eight even sections.
  10. Roll each section into a long rope about 17-18 inches long.
  11. Shape into pretzels.
  12. Place each pretzel into the soda bath for two minutes (one at a time). Make sure the water fully covers the pretzel and splash any areas that don’t. Use a spatula to carefully lower and lift the pretzels as they are very delicate.
    • It takes about two minutes to roll out and shape each pretzel so you can make the next pretzel while the first sits in the bath.
  13. Transfer the pretzels onto the baking tray.
  14. If you are making the salted pretzels, sprinkle salt over the tops.
  15. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  16. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes.
  17. Transfer onto a cooling rack and brush heavily with melted butter.
  18. If you are doing the sweet option, sprinkle lots of cinnamon sugar over the tops.
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