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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
  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.