Homemade Soft Pretzels recipe.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Recipe
April 30, 2020 by Megan
  • Prep Time: 1 hours
  • Ready Time: 1 hours 30 mins
  • Makes: 12 pretzels
Everyone loves a warm, fluffy soft pretzel! We were shocked to find out that they are simple to make right at home. Best served warm with cheese, these small soft pretzels are the perfect snack to hold you over until dinner!
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1. Combine ingredients for dough with your hands or a mixer. Be sure not to directly mix salt and yeast.
2. Knead dough for 10-20 minutes. To test to see if it is well kneaded, rip off a small piece of dough and hold it up to the light as you stretch it. If you can stretch it thin enough to see light through it before it tears, it is ready. If it tears quickly, keep kneading. This is the windowpane test.
3. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel for 45 minutes to rest.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
5. After 45 minutes, turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and divide into 12 equal pieces.
6. Take one piece of dough and roll into an 18" log. Using your fingertips, start in the middle and gently roll outward. Repeat until it is roughly 18" long. 
7. Place the 18" log in a "U" shape on the counter. Take the ends and twist them around each other on full time, leaving a loop at the bottom. Then, fold that twist down onto the bottom of the "U" and you should end up with a pretzel shape.
8. Repeat for the other 11 pieces.
9. Place parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and spray with a nonstick spray to be extra sure the dough will not stick.
10. Dissolve the sugar into the water and brush onto the top of each pretzel.
11. If desired, sprinkle on pretzel or course sea salt onto each pretzel.
12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.
13. Once out of the oven, brush melted butter onto each pretzel.
14. Best enjoyed warm with cheese, mustard, chocolate, or dip of your choice!

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels
Recipe icon.
Recipe
April 30, 2020 by Megan
  • Prep Time: 1 hours
  • Ready Time: 1 hours 30 mins
  • Makes: 12 pretzels

Dough

Ingredients

  • 4 cup(s) Bread or All-Purpose flour
  • 1.5 cup(s) Whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Vegetable oil or butter
  • 1.5 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Dry active yeast

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients for dough with your hands or a mixer. Be sure not to directly mix salt and yeast.
  2. Knead dough for 10-20 minutes. To test to see if it is well kneaded, rip off a small piece of dough and hold it up to the light as you stretch it. If you can stretch it thin enough to see light through it before it tears, it is ready. If it tears quickly, keep kneading. This is the windowpane test.
  3. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel for 45 minutes to rest.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. After 45 minutes, turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and divide into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Take one piece of dough and roll into an 18" log. Using your fingertips, start in the middle and gently roll outward. Repeat until it is roughly 18" long.
  7. Place the 18" log in a "U" shape on the counter. Take the ends and twist them around each other on full time, leaving a loop at the bottom. Then, fold that twist down onto the bottom of the "U" and you should end up with a pretzel shape.
  8. Repeat for the other 11 pieces.
  9. Place parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and spray with a nonstick spray to be extra sure the dough will not stick.

Pre-bake Wash

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon(s) Water
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Sugar
  • Pretzel Salt or Course Sea Salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar into the water and brush onto the top of each pretzel.
  2. If desired, sprinkle on pretzel or course sea salt onto each pretzel.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.

Post-Bake Wash

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon(s) Butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Once out of the oven, brush melted butter onto each pretzel.
  2. Best enjoyed warm with cheese, mustard, chocolate, or dip of your choice!
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