A homemade soft pretzel makes a delicious treat! A crisp, buttery, and salty outside encases a tender inside in this family favorite pretzel recipe.
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
1 1/2teaspoonsKosher salt
4 - 4 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
Water Bath and Finishes:
Heat water to 110º - 120º F in a in a medium glass bowl in the microwave. Stir in the granulated sugar until it dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast into the water and sugar and allow to sit for about 5 minutes to foam as it proofs.
While yeast is proofing, whisk together sugar, salt, and 3 cups of the all-purpose flour in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer.
Pour yeast mixture into the flour, sugar and salt mixture. Stir mixture together until all of the flour is well incorporated, being sure to get all of the flour incorporated from the bottom of the bowl. Add another cup of flour and stir together until well combined.
Using the dough hook on your stand mixer, knead the dough, adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until the the dough forms a ball and does not stick to the bottom of the bowl.
Turn the mixer to medium speed and knead for 7-10 minutes. The dough should be tacky but not sticky.
While the dough is kneading, prepare a medium glass bowl by coating lightly with butter.
Remove dough from mixer and knead together about 5-7 turns. Form the dough into a ball and roll in the butter bowl to make sure that all of the dough is coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, dry place free of drafts to rise until it has doubled in size. The time will depend on your environment at the time of rising, generally 1 1/2 hours.
Spray parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Once dough has risen, remove dough from the bowl and divide into 8 - 12 even pieces using a bench scraper or knife. Roll into about 24 inch logs and then shape into pretzels. Repeat until all pretzels are formed.
Water Bath and Finishes:
Add baking soda to water in a 4-quart saucepan over medium low heat. Bring to a simmer. Add pretzels, one at a time to the water. It may initially sink to the bottom and rise as it is ready to be removed. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pretzel from the saucepan and place on the parchment lined baking sheet to dry completely, about 5 minutes. Repeat until all pretzels have been bathed in the baking soda water.
Preheat oven to 400º F.
Brush with butter, sprinkle generously with sea salt and bake 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest until easy to handle. Serve warm.