How to Make Soft Pretzels at Home
- 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.