Home Made Hot Soft Pretzels oh so EASY!!!

Is there ever a bad time to make a batch of piping HOT Soft Pretzels?  Um…the answer would be NO!!!  Believe me there is NO reason not to make these scrumptious morsels of yumminess!  They are quick…easy and delicious….so fear not…you can have a batch of these ready to put in the over in about an hour!  Really!   6 minutes to whip up the dough…45 minutes to raise and then 10 minutes to roll and twist…then it is time to pop them in the oven…it’s that SIMPLE!!!!

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These are EASY as one…two…three!  I have taken a basic pretzel recipe and tweaked it
just a bit and I have to tell you everyone LOVES them. In a blink of an eye and they are gone. They are truly perfect straight out of the oven but of course coated with a bit of a butter wash and sprinkles of sea salt makes them even better. There are tons of other toppings you can use…sprinkle with your favorite cheese, interesting types of salts, drizzle with chocolate and caramel, fresh cracked pepper and the list goes on. You can also dip them in horseradish mustard, your favorite mustard, your favorite dip, humus, marinara sauce, portobello mushroom gravy…well you get the picture! You can even make S’More pretzels by spreading some fluff (yes…it is not only vegetarian but vegan) drizzle with chocolate and top with graham cracker crumbs. A little bit of imagination will go a long way! Your kids will love it!  Have them help in the preparation…it is really that EASY!!!
 
Now let’s get on to making our pretzels.
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Recipe: Hot Pretzels
2 3/4 cups all purpose flours (I used Heckers)
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. of sugar
1 package of active dry yeast (1/4oz) fast rising or regular will work fine
1 cup warm water plus about 3 more tablespoon
 
Now for the Baking Soda Wash you will need
1/8 cup of warm water and 2 tsp. baking soda
 
3 tbsp. of butter (your choice…they taste yummy with or without!)
kosher or sea salt (course)
 
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees
 
Put all of the dough ingredients into a bowl and mix well forming a nice dough and then knead for at least 5 minutes. If you have a mixer, I put all of my ingredients in the mixer and I use the dough hook. First I combine the ingredients and scrape the sides and then i place run the dough hook for a little bit over 5 minutes and let me tell you the dough is perfect! Remember to check it to see if it needs a touch more flour or water. The dough should be very smooth, soft and pliable. When it is ready, just pat into a ball and place it in a nice glass bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil, cover with cling wrap and put it in a warm dark place (I preheat my over for 2 minutes, shut it off and place the bowl in) let it rise to double the size (takes about 40 minutes to an hour).
 
Now take the dough and roll it into a thick log and cut into 8 equal parts and roll into lengths about 10 inches and form your pretzels. Check out this 15 second video to see how to twist your pretzel…IT IS SO EASY!!!!!!! Now is the time to make your baking soda wash. Add the warm water to the baking soda and mix good, now brush (using a pastry brush) the wash over the whole outside of the pretzel and repeat for all of them. Pop them in the over and cook for 9 minutes, they should be a rich pretzel brown. Remove from the oven, melt your butter and apply to all of the pretzels with the pastry brush and sprinkle with salt…put them on a pretty plate and viola YUM!!!! Eat them as is or try one of the above suggestions or one that you are dying to try. One way or another you are going to LOVE them. This will become a recipe that you make all the time, trust me! Enjoy!
This recipe has been adapted from a basic recipe with some changes, all tested first hand.
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Each one has its own personality!
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They are all yummy and scrumptious!
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Perfect with your favorite dip or mustard!
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Bon Appetit!
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((((((((((HUGS))))))))))
 

 

Comments

  1. The pretzels look yummy! Your kids are the best!

    Mrs. Delightful
    http://www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

  2. Yum! I need to try pretzels again. Did it once, and they did not turn out! 🙂

  3. The pretzels look delish. What a beautiful cake! Glad your Mother’s Day was a wonderful one.

  4. Your kids are so sweet! This cake is beautiful! Your pretzels looks so yummie.
    Wish you a beautiful week,
    Hanni

  5. YUMM!!! those are making my mouth water!! They look soo good! Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s day! ~Hugs for the doxies!!!~ xo Holly

  6. Oh sweet Andrea if only we lived closer I would sneak one of those yummy pretzels. I’m so happy you had a nice Mothers day celebration, you certainly deserve it. That cake looks wonderful. xo P.S. have you entered my new giveaway yet?

  7. So delicious!! Pretzels are so yummy!! Thanks for sharing!! Beautiful cake, too!! Have a great day! xo Heather

  8. Your cake looks amazing….what sweet children you have! Now these pretzels make my heart sing…major weakness…all kinds of breads! Yummmmmm.
    Happy week to you dear one.

  9. Oh man, now I’m hungry. And there are no pretzels in my house. Not fair. at. all. Mouth watering post Andrea 🙂

    Robin @ happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

  10. Andrea, you have me drooling over those pretzels! All night I’m gonna think about your pretzels… Thanks so much for sharing your yummy recipe!

  11. Soft pretzels are my weakness and these look AMAZING!!!!!!!!! And I have never seen a baking pan like that, that’s AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  12. YUM! These make me hungry just LOOKING at them. Thanks so much Andrea for always linking up your fabulous projects to Project Queen’s Link Party!

  13. I wish you would have cut that cake open Andrea..I would love to see how yummy it looks inside too..I have been buying the pretzel kits form Auntie Ann’s..we love them so much that we have them for a meal..I will print this out so we can try it..Love the pretzel pan..Of course your kids are awesome..look at their parents..Hugs

  14. My mouth is watering, Andrea! Oh, how I love hot baked pretzels! I used to make them in the shape of hearts on Valentine’s Day for my family. Your pretzel pan is amazing!
    What delicious fun and how wonderful they would taste with hot mustard!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn

  15. My husband LOVES pretzels. I’m totally pinning this. 🙂

  16. I’m gonna have to quit reading these cooking posts! It’s making me want to get into the kitchen!

  17. Do you bake at 500 as well, or is this just what you preheat to before shutting the oven off so the dough can rise?

  18. At what temp do you bake them?
    500 degrees?
    I’d love to try them but need this important info.
    Please and thank you!

  19. HI…These look great and I want to make for crowd…How many pretzels will this make? Thanks for any info!

  20. Hi, I put the baking soda in the dough! Will it still turn out okay??

    • Oh I so hate to tell you this…but I don’t think that it is going to work. The baking soda is a wash…the combination of yeast and baking soda is going to change the taste drastically. I wish I could tell you differently…but I think you are going to have to start from scratch again. I wish you the best of luck and if there is anything else you need to know…I am here for you! Take care…

  21. These WORKED! YAY, another successful trial run for gift basket goodies! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. I LOVE a good soft pretzel and these go beyond good, they look FANTABULOUS! I am definitely going to be making a batch of these. Pinning.

  23. ROSANA LEITE says:

    Amei esta receita! Obrigado.
    Brasília/Brazil

  24. Valerie M says:

    Such a great recipe – thanks so much for sharing it! Mine were tasty but a little on thick side (so I called them rolls and will make then a little skinnier next time). By popular demand I will definitely be making them again!

  25. Vandana Sayegh says:

    These came out great!! So easy! I’m allergic to uncooked yeast so the hubby did the kneading by hand. They are so delicious and easy to make!!!!!! Thanks a million!

    • So happy Vandana!!!!! So thrilled that you all loved them…I love the recipe because it is just so easy and yummy! So glad you have a built in kneader : ) Keep enjoying!!!! Sending Hugs and wishes for a fabulous week!

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