Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

Who doesn’t love a good soft pretzel?  There is a place in downtown Frederick, MD that has the absolute best soft pretzels.  They are so buttery and delicious.  They even make pizzas with the pretzel dough.  I try to go there whenever I can, but unfortunately it just doesn’t happen often enough.  That’s why I was excited to try this recipe for soft pretzels that I came across over at Sally’s Baking Addiction that supposedly only takes 30 minutes.

It was so fun to make these.  I used these step-by-step directions about how to make the actual pretzel shape.  It was easy once I got the hang of it and they only needed to bake for about 15 minutes total.  They turned out great!  Very soft and fluffy.  I made some of them just with salt and then dipped them in a little mustard, but I also made a few with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on them before I put them in the oven and they were delicious too!  You could really get creative with all the different toppings or dips.  Or just stick with the plain salted ones, because they are pretty darn good! 

– 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
– 1 packet active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
– 1 large egg
– course sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line or spray a baking sheet.
2. Dissolve yeast in the water by stirring for about 1 minute.  Some small clumps of yeast may remain.
3. Stir in salt and sugar.
4. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon, one cup at a time until the dough is not sticky.  You may need to sprinkle in just a little bit more flour to get it to the right consistency.  
5. Dump dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
6. Using a knife, cut off sections of dough equal to about 1/3 cup.  You should be able to get about 8 sections.  
7. Roll out each section of dough into ropes that are about 20 inches long and relatively consistent in size all the way through. Form each rope into an upside “U” then twist the ends about together and bring back up to the top.  (Use these directions with pictures.)
8. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add just a splash of water.  Then, either dip each pretzel in or use a brush to cover both sides until lightly coated and place on baking sheet.  
9. Sprinkle the pretzels with course salt, or with whatever toppings you’d like.
10.  Bake pretzels for 10 minutes, then broil for about 5 minutes.  Watch closely to make sure they don’t burn!
11.  Allow to cool a bit before eating.
Enjoy 🙂

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