Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe comes from & is posted here to help fill out my German contribution to the ZWT6. Preparation time does not include the several hours needed for the dough to rise twice.


  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, then add salt & sugar to the yeast mixture.
  2. Blend in the flour & knead the dough until smooth, about 7 or 8 minutes.
  3. Cover & let dough rise for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until double in bulk.
  4. Grease several cookie sheets, then punch dough down & cut it into 12 pieces.
  5. Slightly beat the egg & set aside.
  6. Roll each piece of dough into a thin rope about as round as your little finger, then twist each into pretzel shapes before placing them on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Using a pastry brish, coat the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg & sprinkle with coarse salt, before allowing the pretzels to rise until almost double in bulk.
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F & bake the pretzels for 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned.
  9. Best if eaten while stlil warm, but if allowed to cool, store in an airtight container.
Most Helpful

I've never made pretzels before and these are fabulous! The only change I made to the recipe is to add the salt after the flour because I wasn't sure if the salt would be OK with the yeast. I read that the other chefs didn't know how to knot the pretzels so I found this: and it was easy to do after watching it. I also served these with Sour Cream Mustard Sauce/Dip, which was a perfect compliment. Made for Went To The Market tag game. Thanks Syd! :)

Nif September 14, 2011

Tasty! These are really good pretzels, nice and crusty, with a tender inside. My only problem was shaping and rising. I didn't realize how hard it would be to get a nice, smooth, pretty pretzel. But, that's not a problem with the recipe so much as it is with my own two hands. And they taste great, which is what counts.

EmmyDuckie May 23, 2010

Made for ZWT #6's Oma's Kitchen Challenge. Great recipe, but need Oma to come over and teach me how to better 'tie them in a knot, or tie them in a bow.'

gailanng May 21, 2010