Homemade Soft Pretzels
Making homemade soft pretzels is so much fun! There are many creative options available to include pretzels in your meal, snack or special event.
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- 1 Tbsp Maple syrup
- ½ Package of active dry yeast 1/2 Tbsp
- ¾ cup Water 1/4 cup for proofing, ½ cup for dough
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil or canola oil
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 2 Tbsp Baking soda this is for the boiling water NOT the dough
- 6 cups Water in a pot (for boiling)
- Coarse salt for sprinkling on top
- Sesame seeds Optional or in addition to the coarse salt
- Spicy brown mustard
- Melted dark chocolate
- Homemade hummus
- It is important to Proof the Yeast to be sure you get the rise for the pretzels.
- Put ¼ cup warm water, maple syrup, and yeast into a small cup and stir until yeast dissolves. If yeast does not foam, try again with another yeast packet.
- Making the Dough
- To prepare your dough, use a mixer with a dough hook, if you have one. If you don't, mix and knead all the dough ingredients with your hands, the old-fashioned way!
- Place the flour, salt, oil, proofed yeast mixture, and an additional ½ cup of water (for a total of ¾ cups water) into the mixer (or a bowl). Run on medium low for about 5-6 minutes (until the dough pulls away from the bowl). If using a spoon then your hands, mix and knead dough ingredients for about 8-10 minutes (add a little bit of flour to coat your hands until you get the dough the right consistency to kneed).
- Brush the inside of a large glass bowl with a little bit of oil. Form the dough into a ball and put it in the bowl. Cover and allow the dough to rise for about 40 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- Uncover your dough and give it a few good punches to bring it down.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it. Set aside.
- Prepare an oiled work surface. Cut the dough into 6 equal parts (depending on the size you want your pretzels), and roll each out to an approx. 18-24" long rope.
- Grab the ends of each dough rope to make a U shape, then form into a pretzel shape.
- The Important part…
- Put 6 cups of water into a pot and dissolve the 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water and bring to a rolling boil.
- Drop pretzels, one at a time, into the pot very slowly and carefully. Each should sink a little then rise up. Wait 30 seconds, then lift out using a slotted spoon and place each onto the cookie sheet.
- While still wet, sprinkle with desired amount of coarse salt.
- Take a sharp knife and cut a 4-6" slit along the bottom of the pretzel. The slit will open up during baking.
- Bake for about 14 minutes. Watch them very carefully as they can brown very quickly – when they’re golden brown, they’re done.