Homemade soft pretzels

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  1. MountainMama88

    MountainMama88 Member

    Apr 10, 2020
    New Hampshire
    I made these tonight and they were amazing. I got the recipe from Alton Brown:


    1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water

    1 tablespoon sugar

    2 teaspoons kosher salt

    1 package active dry yeast

    22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups

    2 ounces unsalted butter, melted

    Vegetable oil, for pan

    10 cups water

    2/3 cup baking soda

    1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water

    Pretzel salt

    1. Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
    2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
    3. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
    4. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
    5. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

    I attached a picture of how mine came out after trying this recipe.

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  2. MFSuspect

    MFSuspect Member

    Apr 22, 2020
    Lacus Timoris
    Paul Hollywood's recipe on Great British Bake-off are the best I have ever made. EZ google search.
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  3. ThatDanMoore

    ThatDanMoore New Member

    May 15, 2020
    Over Here
    Printing this and putting it in the kitchen. Maybe my wife will take it as a subtle hint when looking for something to make this weekend!