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Homemade Soft Pretzels

By: Sharon Matten January 06, 2022
Cook: 8m Total: 8m
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Servings: 1


  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • Kosher or Sea Salt, or your favorite "Everything" spice mix


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Let the yeast sit for 5 minutes until foaming.
  3. Add the sugar, bread flour and 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour.
  4. Mix by hand or with a dough hook until the dough is smooth and elastic – around 10 minutes, adding the additional ½ cup of all-purpose flour as needed.
  5. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  6. The dough will not necessarily double in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 500° F.
  8. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Divide the dough into 12-18 pieces, depending upon the size of pretzel you want.
  11. Roll each piece into a “snake” around 18 inches long.
  12. Twist the dough into pretzel shapes and firmly pinch the ends to keep them from unfolding in the boiling water.
  13. Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil.
  14. Add the baking soda and stir to dissolve.
  15. Dip each pretzel in the baking-soda/water for 5 to 10 seconds making sure the pretzel is completely immersed.
  16. Shake off excess water, and place the pretzel on the prepared baking sheet.
  17. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings.
  18. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  19. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
  20. Serve warm with your favorite hearty soup (Minestrone!) or dipping sauce (like hot spicy mustard).


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