Soft Flax Pretzels

READY IN: 1hr 45mins




  • Combine 1 cup flour, 5 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt in medium mixing bowl.
  • Proof yeast by emptying package into 1/4 cup warm water and 1 tsp sugar. Wait ten minutes. If yeast doubles in size, it is good. (Family tip: sing a happy song to it while it rises.).
  • Mix 1 cup of warm water and 1 TBSP olive oil. Add to dry mixture, along with proofed yeast.
  • Mix well. Stir in flax seeds and enough flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead on lightly-floured surface, adding flour as needed, until smooth and no longer sticky (about 4 minutes).
  • Put in bowl greased with olive oil, cover top of bowl loosely with plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour to rise (until it doubles in size). I leave it on the counter beside the oven and preheat it to 475 - the warm oven helps the rising and it takes a while for the oven to heat to 475 anyhow.
  • After it has risen, punch it down and knead about five times. Break into 8 pieces (or up to 12, depending on how big your batch is) and shape into pretzels. let rise 5 minutes more in pan, covered (I use the same plastic wrap).
  • Bake 15 -17 minutes at 475, until golden brown. Let them cool a bit, and eat!