I want to share my pretzel recipe with you! I made these for the first time a few years ago and was completely amazed. Something we pay so much for at the mall is so easily made at home! This way you control the costs, the ingredients and how much you want to eat 🙂 You can even customize your toppings. There are two secrets to homemade pretzels. One, butter. Two, baking soda. Don’t attempt this without both of those items, it won’t be worth it!
2 tsp. dry active yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
2 1/2 cups white flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil or melted butter
2 cups very hot water
1/4 cup baking soda
1 stick of melted butter
2 tbsp Kosher salt
3 tbsp of cinnamon sugar mix
Okay it looks complicated but once you get the hang of it you can whip them up pretty quick!
1. Proof the yeast. This means you add the yeast, 1 tsp of sugar and 1 cup of warm water together. Mix it up. Wait about 10 minutes or until it bubbles.
2. While the yeast is proofing, in a large bowl combine the flour, 3/4 tsp salt and 2 tbsp of sugar. When the yeast is ready, pour into large bowl along with the oil or butter. Mix with a spoon, then with your hands. If the mixture is too dry, add water a teaspoon at a time; if it’s too wet, add a teaspoon of flour.
3. Knead for 6-8 minutes until the dough is shiny and stretchy.
4. Spray oil into a large bowl and place your big ball of dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and keep it in a warm but NOT hot place and wait 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
6. Roll out your pretzel dough. I can never get the hang of forming actual pretzels, so I usually roll it into logs and cut the logs into 1 inch pieces for pretzel bites! Whatever shape you want to make them, do it now.
7. Mix the baking soda with very hot water. It might not all dissolve but that’s okay, just stir it often! Dip each pretzel/pretzel bite into the mixture and place on a greased baking sheet. Parchment paper also works.
8. If you want all salty pretzels, sprinkle the kosher salt over them. Be pretty liberal, because some of the salt will come off later. If you’re choosing to do the cinnamon sugar ones, leave them plain until after they’re done baking.
9. Pop those babies in the oven! Depending on the size, they should take about 7-9 minutes to bake, You want them golden brown.
10. While they’re baking, melt your butter in a shallow bowl so you can dip the pretzels in it when they’re done. If you’re doing cinnamon and sugar, place that in another bowl.
11. Once they’re ready, immediately roll them all in the butter. Sweet ones go into the sugar mixture after the butter. Salty ones go on a plate, they’re ready to eat!
These are amazing alone, but if you need something to dip them in, here are my suggestions:
Powdered sugar glaze (milk and powder sugar)
Nacho cheese (Tostitos makes some in a jar!)
Do you have any other dipping or topping suggestions?