Soft Pretzels

"The best tasting pretzels ever! This recipe comes from the Joy Of Cooking 75th anniversary cookbook."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
12 5-inch pretzels




  • Put the 1/2 cup warm water and the yeast in the bowl of a mixer and let stand until the yeast is dissolved, which will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the flours, butter, sugar and salt, and mix on low speed while slowly adding the second 1/2 cup of warm water.
  • Stir for one minute, adding more flour or water as needed to make a mosit dough, but not sticky.
  • Knead with the dough hook until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Move the dough to an oiled bowl and turn it once to coat with oil.
  • Looosely cover the dough with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 to 1/2 hours until doubled in volume.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into 12 pieces, and roll each piece into a ball on an unfloured work surface.
  • Loosely cover with oiled plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into an 18 inch long rope, and twist into a pretzel shape (pull the rope into an oval, twist the ends, and pull the oval down over itself).
  • Let the pretzels sit for 35 minutes.
  • Boil the 8 cups of water and the baking soda, and reduce to a simmer.
  • Putting in a few pretzels at a time, let the pretzels sit in the simmering water for 30 sceconds, then flip them, and keep them in for another 30 seconds.
  • Sprinkle with salt, and put the pretzels in a preheated 400 degree oven.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Cool, and enjoy!

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  1. deborahlee555
    These were very good, with a very good flavor, they were not the thick, chewy, soft philly-type pretzels I was hoping for. However, the two people I shared them with thought they were fabulous and they loved the crispy texture of the outside crust. I found they did not rise all that much though, and I suggest watching the cooking time. The suggested time was too long for my oven, and I had to cut down about 3 minutes on the time. Also, they got very soggy very quickly, but a couple of minutes in the toaster perked them right up to the just-baked texture.


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