Making Homemade Pretzels
Enjoy the taste of soft pretzels, warm from your very own oven.
- 2 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 2 tsp. white or organic sugar
- 2 and 1/2 cups warm water (110°F/45°C), divided
- 10 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup white or organic sugar
- 1 Tbsp. fine sea salt (regular table salt can also be used)
- 2 Tbsp. light olive oil (canola can also be used)
(This step can be omitted however, in my opinion, they won't be as yummy.)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water (double if using a larger pan, need enough to cover pretzel when dipping)
- Coarse Salt, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon and Sugar etc...whatever toppings you like!
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar in 2 cups warm water (110°F/45°C). Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. If the yeast does not foam up it means your yeast is dead. This yeast will not work in this recipe as your dough will not rise. You need fresh yeast that will foam and expand.
2. This step can be done by hand in a large bowl or in a kitchen mixer with a dough hook attachment. Mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 Tbsp. salt. Make a well in the center; add 1/2 cup water, the oil and yeast mixture. Mix together and form into a dough ball. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more 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 plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. If you don't have a warm place, turn on the oven to 170°F for 5 minutes then TURN IT OFF and place the covered bowl in the warm oven to rise.
3. Grease 4 baking sheets.
4. After the dough has risen, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 2 balls, covering one. Working with the first ball of dough, divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape, as shown above. Repeat with the second ball. This creates approximately 24 pretzels.
5. Once all of the dough is shaped preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
6. While oven preheats, combine the hot water and baking soda in a large bowl or sauce pan. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets. Use a slotted spatula to lower the dough into soda water then slide it off spatula. Use the same spatula to scoop up the pretzel and remove, letting excess water drip off. Place pretzel on baking sheet. Sprinkle with topping of your choice. Repeat until all pretzels are dipped and topped.
7. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8-12 minutes.
Try our deliciously fun recipe for Pretzel Dogs using the pretzel dough recipe. Simple to do - great for parties!