Prep 1 hr
Cook 8 mins
These aren't quite like the real thing, but they are very tasty. I have also had good luck with making a large batch and slightly undercooking some to freeze and reheat later for a quick treat. The rolling is the most time consuming part of this recipe, so I've typed this up as a recipe for 4 pretzels, but it is easily multiplied. Prep time includes rising and rolling. (approximate) I have also rolled them into a 3"x17" rectangle, spread with about 2T cream cheese, or cream cheese mixture (especially good with a Tastefully simple cheese ball mix inside!) the folding the sides & rolling up, then twisting as usual.
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 3⁄8 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2⁄3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup bread flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2⁄3 cup warm water
- 2⁄3 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Grease a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle yeast onto lukewarm (about 115 degrees) water in a mixing bowl and stir to dissolve.
- Add sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.
- Add flour and knead dough (in bowl) until smooth and elastic.
- Cover and let rise at least 1/2 hour.
- Mix the bath of warm water and baking soda in a shallow bowl and stir often.
- Divide dough and roll into a long, thin rope, the thinner the better. 1/2" thick is great if you have the skill and patience. This gets easier with practice.
- Shape into a pretzel (make a u-shape, twist, then bring ends down to form shape), dip into water bath and place on greased baking sheet.
- Allow pretzels to rise again (I prefer to keep them covered during the rise).
- Bake in a preheated, 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Bake ONLY until JUST golden. If they are overcooked, they are tough.
- While they are baking, melt butter and whisk a little bit of honey into the butter (I use about a tablespoon for 4 pretzels but you can use whatever you prefer).
- When pretzels are almost done, brush each one with the butter/honey mixture and return to the oven for about a minute.
- You can sprinkle on cinnamon sugar just after brushing on the butter, or skip the honey and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, garlic salt, coarse salt, or whatever topping you like.
- These can also be made into tasty pretzel sticks.