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Homemade Soft Pretzels: A Classic, Chewy Delight

Homemade Soft Pretzels: A Classic, Chewy Delight

A deliciously soft and tasty treat

Dive into the world of homemade baking with these classic soft pretzels. Perfectly soft and flavorful, these pretzels are made with simple ingredients but deliver extraordinary taste. Whether you enjoy them as a snack, appetizer, or side dish, these pretzels are sure to become a favorite. The golden brown crust, achieved with a traditional baking soda bath, adds the perfect touch to these delicious treats.

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Necessary equipment

replaces the word nice with empty make these delicious homemade soft pretzels, you will need the following equipment:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whip
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer (optional)
  • Dough scraper or knife
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment
  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Oven
  • Kitchen towel
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Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 825g flour (type 650)
  • 500 ml of water
  • 70 g of brown or white sugar
  • 10 g dry yeast
  • 7 g salt
  • 60 ml sunflower oil

For the baking soda bath:

  • 2 liters of water
  • 100 g of baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dough:
    • In a large bowl, mix together water, sugar and dry yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast becomes foamy.
    • Add the sunflower oil to the yeast mixture.
    • In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring or using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook until a dough forms.
    • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  2. Shape the pretzels:
    • Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F).
    • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • Deflate the yeast dough and divide it into equal portions (about 12 to 16 pieces).
    • Roll each piece into a long rope, then shape it into a pretzel by forming a U, twisting the ends together and pressing them onto the bottom of the U.
  3. Prepare the baking soda bath:
    • In a large saucepan, bring 2 liters of water to a boil.
    • Carefully add the baking soda (it will bubble).
    • Using a slotted spoon, dip each pretzel in the baking soda bath for about 30 seconds, then place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Cook the pretzels:
    • Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt if desired.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
    • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy your delicious homemade soft pretzels! If you try this recipe, please leave a comment and share your experience.

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