How To: Make Soft Pretzels at Home

Make Soft Pretzels at Home

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  • 4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, cinnamon & sugar, or other topping

Step 1 Prepare yeast.

In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let sit 10 minutes or until creamy.

Step 2 Combine dry ingredients.

Mix together flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt.

Step 3 Knead dough.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add yeast mixture and oil. Knead dough until smooth - about 7-8 minutes.

Step 4 Let dough rise.

Place the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Step 5 Shape pretzels.

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, roll into a rope, and shape into a pretzel shape.

Step 6 Add topping.

Mix baking soda and 4 cups hot water. Dip each pretzel in the baking soda and then in the topping of choice. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Step 7 Bake.

Bake in a 450 degree oven 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 8 Eat!

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