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How to make soft pretzels like a PRO
What You Need
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 1 standard packet
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour + up to 3/4 cup more if needed
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs coarse salt for sprinkling on top
  • 6 tbs salted butter melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine yeast with warm water and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with hook attachment (you can also mix and knead by hand). Once mixture becomes "frothy" your yeast is ready.
  3. Stir in salt and melted butter and 1 cup of flour. Continue adding flour a cup at a time until a dough forms and is no longer sticky. You may need more or less depending on temperature differences. Knead dough for 5 minutes until smooth and pliable. Form dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. While the dough is rising, prepare baking soda bath.
  5. In a medium sized pot, boil 2 cups of water with 4 tbs of baking soda. Once the baking soda is mostly dissolved, take mixture off heat and allow it to come down to a lukewarm temperature. Pour into a 9x9 baking dish once cooled down.
  6. After 15 minutes take dough out of the bowl and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Cut dough into 8 sections (think pizza). Roll each section into a long rope, about 20 inches long. Shape dough into pretzel shape and place in baking soda bath for 2 minutes, then carefully place on baking sheet. Sprinkle the pretzel with coarse salt while still wet (optional). Repeat these steps with the rest of the pretzel sections.
  7. Bake pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from the oven, brush with melted butter.