Fat-free Soft Pretzels

"Years ago my daughter brought this recipe home from school to do as a project. I just came across it again and couldn't help but remember the fun she had making it (needed a bit of help with the boiling water and oven). They turned out good too, including the ones she made with silly shapes."
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Ready In:
2 pans




  • Dissolve the yeast in the 1/8 c warm water (use a large bowl).
  • Stir in the 1 1/3 c warm water and brown sugar.
  • Slowly mix in the flour.
  • Knead dough (using extra flour for the board and your hands) until it is stretchy and smooth (not sticky).
  • Grease two large cookie sheets.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Fill a 2-3 quart saucepan half full of water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every cup of water.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Talk a golf-ball size piece of dough and roll into a rope as thich as your thumb.
  • Bend into a U-shape, cross ends, twist crossed ends making a full turn, then fold the ends back toward the middle of the U.
  • Press ends into dough firmly.
  • Should be the familiar pretzel shape.
  • Other shapes (including candy cane shapes for Christmas) also work.
  • Lower pretzel in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove from water (getting rid of any excess water) and place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle with coarse or kosher salt.
  • Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until golden.

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  1. littlebaker
    These pretzels were fantastic! But you have to have strong arms to make it. It was really hard to get all of the flower into it. I ended up just putting a little less that 4 cups into it. I dont how you would be able to get 5 cups into it. But the end result was well worth all of the effort. Thanks so much!
  2. ladypit
    Well, the end result was very good but I had pitfalls along the way. I wonder if the proportions are wrong because I could not get the dough to accept that much flour. I ended up putting it all in my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and letting it go for a few minutes. We made a bunch of funny pretzels (I did this with my 2 and 4 year old kids) and they loved watching the pot of water foam everytime I dropped another one in. Next time I will grease the pan better as they stuck. But they had great flavor and it was a fun family activity.


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