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I had tried several different recipes on the site hoping to find one that produced a soft pretzel most like those peddled by the street vendors in my hometown of Philadelphia. I had just about given up when I decided to try this recipe and I am SOOOO happy that I did. I made 2 batches in as many days because my husband, my daughter (and yes, me) couldn't get enough of them. The first batch I made tasted great, but were terribly flat. The 2nd batch was a complete success. With the second batch, I rolled the dough into 8 or 10 inch ropes and twisted the ends several times before folding them over in order to create bigger knots, the best part of a pretzel. I also made braided ropes and those too where yummylicoius! Most pretzels were left plain (no salt) and some were sprayed with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, then sprinkled with a cinnamon and Splenda mix. Both were DELICIOUS but I favor the plain, although the cinnamon ones were the perfect compliments to my morning cup of coffee. I'd like to offer a few suggestions which make the process of making these pretzels a bit easier -- I found that leaving the pretzels in the soda bath considerably longer than what the recipe states will result in a puffier pretzel. YAY! Also, pulling them from the soda was a bit of a challenge. I tried just about every spatula and slotted utensil I could find in my kitchen, but nothing cared about keeping the pretzels intact. Eventually, success came when I decided to try a vegetable steamer basket - a T-Fal pot insert much like a deep fryer basket. It was as though the insert was specifically made for making pretzels. When it came time to lift the pretzels from the bath, they were completely contained in the basket so there was no battling bubbles in the water in hopes of catching a pretzel without totally destroying it. EASY PEEZY! Needless to say, if you are looking for the perfect soft pretzel recipe, this is it!
I only gave this 4 stars because although I followed the recipe exactly, my pretzel bites came out tasting like mini-dinner rolls. Well the first batch anyways. The second batch was left to boil longer in REALLY boiling water and they tasted like pretzels. I enjoyed this recipe and will follow my own advice to myself next time: make sure the water is really boiling and let them boil a little longer than 10-15 seconds.
These are totally FTW! *for the win* My 4 boys, dh, and I ate these up like we'd never had food in our lives! I made the dough, then rolled each ball out flat with a rolling pin, wrapped it around Oscar Meyer Cheese Dogs, boiled them, drained them, and baked them just like the recipe says for pretzels. My boys took the left-overs to school and ate them cold the next day in their lunch. The teachers were totally impressed by the homemade wiener wraps. LOLz Thanks for sharing the best pretzel recipe EVER!!
These are great. They seem harder to make than they are. Once you do it twice you will have it down. There are other recipes that require rising time. I love that this one does not. Make sure to boil them in the baking soda water for as long as it as if not longer. It is also important to eat them hot out of the oven!
Lovely!!! I really enjoyed them exactly as written....
I made a batch of these today and 2 hours later had to make another 2 batches because everybody had eaten them all up. I brushed them lightly with butter and sprinkled them with kosher salt once they came out of the oven. Scrumptious treat!
Nice fluffy dough, lightly browned, subtle sweetness. I added 3/4 tsp. salt to the dough, but followed the rest of the recipe exactly. I sprinkled mine with sesame seeds. Even my husband, the king of picky, liked them, so I know they had to be really good! Great recipe. Thanks!
These were absolutely perfect, super easy! Chewy on the inside and a nice golden crust on the outside. I've never made pretzels before, but I definitely will now
Perfect!! Made two batches in one week-- one for snacks, and the other turned into incredible pretzel dogs!
Yummy and pretty easy... my 13 year old did most of the work and we all enjoyed them!