Introduction: Home Made Soft Pretzels

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Warm pretzels, fresh from the oven, firm and shiny on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Serve them with some mustard and my kids gobble them up after running around outside on a cool, breezy afternoon!

Step 1: Gather All the Ingredients Together.

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1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 Tablespoon of cold water
Course salt or pretzel salt

Step 2: Make the Dough

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Add the kosher salt and the sugar to the warm water in the mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit until it begins to foam, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and melted butter to the mixing bowl and begin to mix, using the dough hook, on low speed.

Step 3: Continue to Mix

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As the flour becomes incorporated increase the speed of the mixer slowly to high and knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic and it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is sticky add more flour 1 Tablespoon at a time. This should take 4-5 minutes.

Step 4: Oil the Bowl

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Once the dough is completely kneaded, smooth and elastic remove it from the bowl. Wipe out the bowl and coat it with a small amount of vegetable oil. Place the dough back in the bowl and turn it around to cover the dough with oil.

Step 5: Cover and Rest

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Cover the dough in the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm place for 50-60 minutes or until the dough has doubled.

Step 6: Divide and Conquer

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Dump out the dough on a lightly floured board and divide it into 8 equal pieces.

Step 7: Shape the Pretzels

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This is the fun step! Get the kids involved rolling, twisting and shaping the dough. First, roll each ball into a rope 24 inches long. Next, pick up one of the ropes, hold it at each end and make a "U" shape. Next, twist the two ends together in the middle of the sides of the "U." Bring the ends down to the bottom of the pretzel and stick them to the pretzel. You may have to arrange the dough a bit yourself to get the perfect pretzel shape! Place each pretzel on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper brushed with oil or a silicone baking mat.

Step 8: Let Them Rest

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While the pretzels hang out on the cookie sheet heat the oven to 450 degrees and get a large kettle of water boiling. Add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boiling the pretzels for a few minutes before baking them makes the outside smooth and shiny and the inside soft and chewy! The baking soda in the water will help them turn golden brown in the oven.

Step 9: Boil the Pretzels

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Carefully place the pretzels into the boiling water no more than one or two ar a time. Boil for 30 seconds, flip, then boil for 30 seconds more. Use a wide spatula with holes to flip and remove the pretzels from the boiling water. After they have boiled for a minute place them back on the sheet pan.

Step 10: Salt and Bake

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Mix the egg yolk with a Tablespoon of cold water. Brush this on to each pretzel and sprinkle them with salt. Bake the pretzels for 12-14 minutes.

Step 11: Cool and Enjoy

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Remove the pretzels from the oven and let them cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite mustard or nacho cheese.

Comments

NicoleS155 made it! (author)2016-06-10

Congratulations on winning! Well deserved! :)

As a German living in the UK I miss some things from home (who wouldn't)

Pretzels (or as we call them "Laugenbretzeln" = Lye pretzels) are one of them little things.
I always thought they are complicated to make, (we just go to the next shop and bye them fresh made) - but they obviously not complicated!
This recipe is so simple but the taste is really great. The pretzels are so delicious.
I certainly will use your recipe furthermore.
Thank you very much! Dankeschoen :)

kart15 (author)2016-06-09

congratulations!!!!

HollyMann (author)2016-06-02

Congrats on winning!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-05-15

This looks like a fun recipe to try out. I wonder how big I can make them and still get the right consisttency.

We have made huge pretzels, the hardest part is boiling a pretzel that large, we used a turkey roaster, they come out perfect as long as your extra water to baking soda ratio is the same as the original recipe.

Erika021084 (author)2016-05-15

We're soooo making these pretzels!!!!

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