My baking experiment #70 – soft pretzels

Every time i go to the mall and pass by an Auntie Annie pretzel stand, the amazing smell of freshly baked pretzels beckon me to get some. I love pretzels, especially the sweet kind covered in cinnamon sugar. Today i baked up a small batch coz if i make too many at once, i won’t be able to stop myself from devouring the entire batch:

  • 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110 F)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
For water bath:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 beaten egg, for egg wash

For topping:

  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl, add yeast and sugar. Pour warm water on top and stir to combine.
  2. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Once yeast is foamy, add flour, salt and melted butter.
  3. Stir until wet dough forms. Dump dough out onto floured surface and knead for 10 minutes using extra flour as needed. To knead properly, push dough away with heel of hand, fold dough over and repeat.
  4. Add dough to an oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 1½ hours.
  5. When dough has doubled, divide dough into four equal pieces. Bring water and baking soda to a boil.
  6. Roll each piece of dough into 12″ rope. Turn rope into U-shape, then twist it down to form a pretzel shape. Repeat with remaining dough. Ensure ends of dough are well-sealed to each other before proceeding.
  7. Preheat oven to 450 F. Line baking sheet with parchment.
  8. Using a large slotted spoon, gently lower a pretzel into boiling water. Cook 30 seconds before removing to baking sheet. Repeat with other pretzels. Brush pretzels with egg wash. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  9. When pretzels are warm, brush them with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. If making savory pretzels, omit sugar and cinnamon and use pretzel salt instead.

Needless to say, these pretzels were amazing. I made two sweet & two savory. Both kinds were great (but sweet was better!). And they smell wonderful. Who needs Auntie Annie when you can make these at home for yourself? 🙂

sweet & savory pretzels
sweet & savory pretzels
cinnamon sugar pretzel
cinnamon sugar pretzel
sea salt pretzel
sea salt pretzel
they were yummy!
they were yummy!

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