Soft Pretzels

by Brittany on October 10, 2009

I have had this recipe for ages… why haven’t I made it before?! Mel gave it to me a long time ago and boy, have I been missing out. Actually it may have been wasted on just me because my little 2 yr old Gabe had a blast making them with me! He loved rolling out the “snakes” then “painting” them with egg wash and sprinkling on the salt (our pretzels ended up very salty!) This will definitely become a favorite treat to make with Mommy. They are a super fun way to spend an hour together creating… and they’re very tasty! Whether or not you have a little person to help you make these soft, delicious pretzels, you still need to try them out! They are just a few basic ingredients and are very simple to make. Have fun!!

Rolling out the “snakes”…Painting our pretzels…Note the tongue-in-lip look… it is not necessary but obviously aids in concentration! :)And our finished masterpiece…

Soft Pretzels
submitted by Brittany

 

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast (or 1 Tb)
1 Tb sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour

 

Add sugar to warm water then sprinkle yeast on top. Let float for a minute then stir to dissolve the yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes as yeast activates and starts to foam. Add salt and flour and knead 5-10 minutes; adding more flour as needed to reduce stickiness. Divide dough in to 12 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope or “snake”. Twist into pretzel shape and place on nonstick baking sheet. Make an egg wash with one egg and a Tb of water, lightly beaten together. Brush pretzels with egg wash then sprinkle liberally with Kosher salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

*Soft pretzels just aren’t the same the next day. They are still good but not as soft and fresh tasting. I’ll tell you a secret though… brush them with melted butter, sprinkle on Parmesan cheese, and toss them under the broiler for a minute and you have a delicious cheesy pretzel snack! Yum!!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lynda October 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

You had a cute helper with those pretzels…I should make these as my grown up helpers would really like them! Thanks!

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2 Libby October 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

How cute is he??!! It really does look like he had lots of fun making those :) I've always wanted to learn how to make homemade pretzels and judging by this recipe, it doesn't look that difficult. Maybe I'll get my two kids in on the fun too :)

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3 Cara October 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Those look really good…and your kitchen view is beautiful! I love how you have that wall of windows!

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4 Coleen's Recipes October 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I wish I had a cute little kitchen helper like yours. He's adorable. I make soft pretzels a little differently, if you would like a second recipe to try some time, heres my link: http://coleensrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/07/hot-soft-pretzels.html

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5 Linda Stubbs October 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Came over from Country Hearts at Home……. she featured you and your pretzels. This is a definite!!! Your little one is a keeper. Cutie cute!!!
I will come again and look when I have a little more time. Looks very beautiful! Love the tribute to your momma. My momma is in a nursing home with dementia. One of the hardest things in my life to walk. I can love on her though!!! I look forward to heaven when we can be together again!
Blessings, Linda
Prairie Flower

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6 Simply Life October 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Those pictures are adorable and the pretzels look amazing!

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7 Leslie October 11, 2009 at 12:50 am

You gotta love little helpers in the kitchen. I have yet to travel the road of homemade pretzels..but they sure look yummy

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8 Maria October 11, 2009 at 1:37 am

We love making soft pretzels. Cinnamon sugar are my favorite.

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9 Crystal October 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

There's no rising time or boiling water bath?? wow Did you accidently forget that? I just can't believe how easy these are.

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10 Jen T. October 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm

These look so easy, I love it! Your caption about the "tongue-in-lip" made me laugh, it reminded me of how my little brother always stuck his tongue out when he was concentrating and my dad would call him "Michael Jordan" whenever he did it. Great work!

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11 Eliana October 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

these look almost too good to eat.

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12 Brittany October 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Hey Crystal, Nope – there is no rising time or boiling!! I was surprised too but they work out great!

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13 Toots October 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I tried these last night with our meatball soup and they were fabulous and a big hit with my 4 kids! Thanks for the recipe! I love your blog and I am so happy you also include heathly meatless dinners as well. I am anxious to try the wraps you posted. :)

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14 Melanie Anne October 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I love these–and have not made them for so long. I used to make them all the time when we were first married and i was working full time. They were perfect for a quick bread with dinner–since there was no raising time. Yours look perfect and what a darling little helper!! Oh–and I noticed your beautiful greeen backyard thru the windows. What a view!!

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15 Jena October 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Since i made these yesterday, i had to make them again…they were so good! Thanks for the recipe. we like dipping them in garlic butter!! SOOO GOOD!!!

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16 ~The Dippold's October 18, 2009 at 12:24 am

Yummy! You're little helper is adorable. :) http://day2daywithhollyj.blogspot.com

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17 RestaurantZoom October 20, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Gabe did an awesome job. You have the makings of a great chef there with him. We are going to give this a whirl. Thanks:-)

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18 sunnie February 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

Do you use an egg wash or an egg white wash? I wasn't quite sure with your directions, I don't want my pretzels to taste like scrambled eggs.

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19 Brittany March 2, 2010 at 1:33 am

Hi Sunnie, I just barely saw your comment -sorry!! I think I used a whole egg and a few Tb of water that time (and it didn't taste like scambled eggs!!:) but you could definitely use egg white instead!

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20 Lisa May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mall-Pretzels/Detail.aspx

This is the recipe I’ve used for years. The ingredients are essentially the same but after forming the pretzels you dip then in a warm baking soda water bath-this gives the pretzel a nice ‘skin’ (because you are really suppose to boil pretzels-but this is too much work!)- I also brush mine with an egg wash too to make it shiny. You’re right about them not being good the next day-BUT they do freeze wonderfully. When you’re ready to eat more pop them in a COOL oven and then turn the oven on to 300 degrees. Take them out as soon as the oven finishes preheating and they perfect!

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21 Nancy May 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I was searching for something to make for my kids for after school snack today and came across these…PERFECT! They were easy and yummy! Our favorite dip was melted butter in one cup and cinnamon sugar in another (really healthy I know!) but we also liked mustard, and cream cheese too. I will be making these often. (I love your blog by the way, thank you for all the great recipes I get here!)

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