Soft pretzels are the best! Who doesn’t like them! The only problem with them is that making them can be A LOT of work! I have tried countless recipes in search of one with a yummy end result, yet, isn’t too much work to achieve. The recipe that I have for you guys today seems to make amazing pretzels every time and it doesn’t require too much effort.
For the dough:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1½ tsp active dry yeast
- 1⅛ cups water (hot)
- 8 cups water
- ½ cup baking soda
- Coarse salt
- Melted Butter
You will need a bread machine for this recipe… sorry if you don’t have one
- Place all of the ingredients used for the dough into your bread machine pan in order.
- Adjust the settings on your bread machine so that it will knead the dough for 5 minutes, and turn it on. After 5 mins, check the dough. The dough should be slightly sticky and elastic. If the dough is too dry, add a little bit of water, if it is too sticky add a bit of flour and then let the machine mix it again for a couple of minutes.
- Once the dough is ready, put it on a lightly floured surface.
- Divide the dough into eight evenly sized balls. Roll the balls out so that they are about 20 cm (give or take) long ropes of dough. Doing this makes it easier to form each pretzel bite (I got about 5 bites from each rope for a total of 40)
- Combine the baking soda and the water and bring to a boil. After the mixture reaches a boil, place the pretzel bites 4 or 5 at a time into the water. Let them boil for no more than 15 secs. Then, remove them and drain them on paper towel.
- Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Take them out of the oven, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Use a baking sheet as your lightly floured surface! This will save you from having to clean it off of the counter.
- When you boil the pretzels, chances are you will spill some water on your stove top. This normally wouldn’t be an issue, but the baking soda in it will stick to the stove top after the water evaporates. The quickest way to clean this mess is to use a Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser® or Windex® to wipe it down.
- Make sure to put the tray with the paper towel for draining right beside to the water to save yourself from some of the mess.
That’s all you have to do to this recipe! Unless you’re like me, and you make a huge mess out of anything and everything, it takes minimal effort and the end results are to die for. They are best served warmed and with extra butter for dipping (I know it’s completely unhealthy and all but it tastes great).
Have fun making them