Hungarian Pretzels (Perec)

Recipe by mary winecoff
READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Warm milk. Remove from heat.
  • Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  • Add yeast and stir until it dissolves.
  • Proof yeast (wait 10 minutes until mixture becomes bubbly).
  • Meanwhile add flour, 1 teaspoon salt and butter to large mixing bowl.
  • Mix together.
  • Add yeast and continue mixing until ball is formed.
  • Divide into 4 equal portion and roll into ball.
  • Add balls to large mixing bowl, cover with towel and place in warm area.
  • Let rise until doubled (usually 30 minutes).
  • Remove 1 ball from bowl.
  • Divide this portion into 4 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into long rope-like shape and form into pretzel shape or cut into pieces for pretzel sticks.
  • Place on oiled baking sheet.
  • Continue until all pretzels are made.
  • Whip egg and 1 teaspoon water together.
  • Brush over pretzels.
  • Bake at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes or until pretzels begin to brown.
  • Meanwhile make salt wash.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon flour and 1 to 2 teaspoons hot water.
  • This should be a jam like consistency.
  • Brush salt mixture onto pretzels and bake another 3-4 minutes.