Finally I’m back in my own kitchen. I have been wanting to make soft pretzels for the longest time! Every time I walk past an Auntie Anne’s or a Wetzel’s Pretzels the cinnamon sugar smell makes my mouth water, but I never buy one because I think they would taste better (and be healthier) if they were home-made.
I followed a recipe from Once Upon a Chef. Her recipe was super simple and the pretzels didn’t take long to prepare at all! My first thought was the dough was going to need a few hours to rise, but it only took one hour!
1 cup milk
1 tbsp yeast
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup baking soda
2-3 cups warm water
The rock salt can be sprinkled on the pretzels before or after you bake them. If you choose to add the salt afterwards, it might not stick as well as if you were to put in on before baking.
2) Add brown sugar and 1 cup of flour and stir together.
3) Add 2 tbsp melted butter and stir together. Then add the remaining 1 1/4 cup flour and salt
4) On a floured surface, knead the dough for 5 minutes until a soft ball forms.
5) Grease a bowl and place the dough inside, cover and let sit for 1 hour.
6) Once dough has risen, flour a work surface and divide the dough into 6 even pieces.
7) Roll out each piece to about 30 in, and then fold like a pretzel.
8) In a shallow dish, combine 2-3 cups warm water with the baking soda.
9) Dip each pretzel in the water mixture then place on a parchment paper lined and greased baking tray.
10) Bake in oven at 450 for 8-12 minutes (until golden)
11) Remove from oven and coat with remaining 1 tbsp butter. Top with either cinnamon sugar or rock salt