Golden Soft Pretzels2 Reviews
- Prep: 30 min
- Cook: 25 min
- Ready In: 1 hr 55 min
“What makes a pretzel a pretzel is the step of boiling them in baking soda water. If you dip them in baking soda water but don't boil them in it, or if you use egg yolk to brush them, they are not going to turn out like pretzels.” - by fenchurch1
Original recipe yields 16 pretzels
- Dissolve yeast and sugar in 2 cups warm water in a large bowl; let stand until bubbling, about 10 minutes. Beat butter, egg, and 1 teaspoon salt into yeast mixture until smooth. Mix in 2 cups flour to make a wet dough. Stir remaining flour into dough, 1 cup at a time, to make a stiff dough. Form dough into a ball.
- Grease a large bowl and turn dough around in greased bowl to coat. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel, place in a warm area, and let dough rise until doubled, at least 1 hour. Punch dough down.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease baking sheets.
- Divide dough in half; cut each half into 8 pieces. Roll pieces out on a floured surface into ropes about 1/2-inch thick. Shape each rope into a pretzel.
- Bring 5 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan and dissolve baking soda in the boiling water. Boil pretzels, a few at a time, in the baking soda water for 10 minutes. Arrange pretzels on prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Bake in the preheated oven until pretzels are shiny and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Amount Per Serving (16 total)
- 242 cal
- 3.7 g
- 45.4 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (2)Rate This Recipe
"I tried this recipe and it tasted nasty with the baking soda bath to the point where it was not edible. The second try without the baking soda bath tasted much better. The cook time was also a bit off..." See more."
"As pretzels, pretty good. A bit sweet (makes sense--sugar was more than in other pretzel recipes I've used), and I had to add 1/2 c more flour, but that's normal. With dough you have to adjust liqui..." See mored to dry ratios pretty frequently depending on the moisture in the air. The directions leave a bit to desired, however. I have never, and probably never will, boiled bagels or pretzels for 10 minutes. 30 seconds on each side--a minute if you are determined to get the boiling in correctly--is sufficient. I've never had a problem. I also just use a tall, heavy saucepan and put water and baking soda in--never a ton, probably about 2-3 tbs of baking soda to 3-4 cups of water. These were very golden, and nice and chewy, perfectly baked at 25 minutes. Thanks for the recipe."
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