Homemade Soft Pretzels

Baseball’s opening day was this past Thursday. Since I could not be at Comerica Park watching the Tigers sweep the Red Sox, I decided to make my favorite ball park snack: soft pretzels. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe. These pretzels are simple to make ( a little time consuming), but definitely taste like a ball park pretzel.
Homemade Soft Pretzels     
Ingredients
1 package (1/4 ounce) instant dry yeast
1-1.5 cups warm water (115 degrees)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose-flour
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
kosher salt (same salt used on ball park pretzels) and cinnamon/sugar mixture

Directions
• In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Continue to add enough of the remaining flour to form a stiff dough.

•  Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (this took me about 20 minutes). Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubles in size (this took about 1 hour).

• Punch dough down; divide into 13 portions. Roll into an 18 inch rope (you will need to push down extremely hard to get the dough to stretch); twist into a pretzel shape (the easiest way is how I show below)

• In a large saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Place pretzels into the boiling water, one at a time, for 30 seconds (the pretzel should float). Place on a paper towel and pat semi dry.

• Place on parchment paper, brush with egg and sprinkle with desired topping.

• Bake at 350 for 7-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on a wire rack and add brush on melted butter to add a shine if desired.
 

41 comments :

  1. Yum!!! I made these a few weeks ago but made them too large and they were pretzel logs :) Yay for baseball season!! Go Rangers :)

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  2. I LOVE soft pretzels! They are a total weakness, I have yet to make them at home but these look delicious!

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  3. My husband would seriously love these! Maybe I'll make them this wknd ;)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I can smell and taste these right now. I have never made pretzels at home, but I am sure they are delish. I have a love-hate relationship with the Auntie Anne's pretzels at the mall. They always scream my name.

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  5. I always thought they were harder to make! Thanks for a great recipe:)
    ~Anne

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  6. yummmy! soft pretzels are my favorite!!

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  7. These look great- I have never had a pretzel!

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  8. I have been wanting to make pretzel rolls, but was a little afraid. You really do make it look easy! They look gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  9. Holy Crow!! I have definitely got to make these. I love soft pretzels.

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  10. Oh my....now I want to drive to Auntie Annie's and console my Red Sox fan self. ;) Great tutorial on pretzel shape making. I am putting this on my to try list. It's getting so long....

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  11. Major yum! I can't wait to go to my first baseball game this season.

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  12. Saved to my recipe file today! YUM!!! xoxo A-

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  13. Love this recipe! My bf loves soft pretzels so I will have to try this!
    Thank for commenting on my blog. I'm glad I found yours now. Definitely a new follower!

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  14. I love pretzels! All kinds, but especially soft pretzels. Gotta try this recipe.

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  15. Thanks for visiting my blog. I bookmarked these. I've been wanting to make some soft pretzels and these look great!

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  16. I am saving this recipe and am going to try them this weekend!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  17. Delicious! I've actually never tried to make homemade pretzels before, but your recipe looks simple enough that I could handle it :)

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  18. I love Opening day and I love baseball food so this is perfect! I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  19. yes yes yes, oh man you have made me have a craving.

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  20. Ohmigosh I love soft pretzels. SO much. Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. Just the other day I was craving a soft pretzel with cinnamon & sugar! Yours look SO good! I've never made them from scratch before but what a fun thing to be able to say you've homemade!

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  22. Wow, these look so good! I may have to make them for a girls night and add some cinnamon/sugar!

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  23. These look amazing - I love homemade pretzels.

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  24. Oh my, you are my hero. These look amazing.

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  25. Those pretzels looks delicious! And scrolling through your blog, I'm PRETTY sure I just saw a picture with the caption, "Homemade chocolate peanut butter eggs". Umm...I think I might love you.

    Andrea
    Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

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  26. ohmygoodness, i want some!!! they all look delicious!!! :D

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  27. Aren't you so excited for baseball season?! I am! This pretzels sound fantastic!

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  28. You know, I have never made pretzels from scratch before. They are one of my favorite baseball snacks. That along with a beer and I am one happy girl!!

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  29. Yum, yum, yum....you know, I have never made soft pretzels...but they have been on my to make list for some time now...I really need to get to it.

    BTW...love baseball too! :)))

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  30. these pretzels look incredible! yeast scares me. i'm impressed! thank you for checking out sally's baking addiction. :) your blog is adorable!

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  31. Soft pretzels are my ballpark snack too. Oh how I love the salt and the fake cheese, and the chewy outter pretzels texture. Oh I just fainted a little. ~Megan

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  32. I love soft pretzels and these look delicious. I look forward to trying your recipe. I added the recipe to my pinterest board.

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  33. Those look amazing! I love those kind of pretzels but have never made them.

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  34. i can smell these right now!!! i have been wanting to make some of these with the little man, i think i must try it now!!!

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  35. Yum! Those look DEEEEE-LICIOUS!!! I'd love if you linked up some yumminess to my link party tomorrow!!! Thanks and hope to see you there! :)

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  36. Yum! My family is going to think I'm the BEST when I make these! Thank you!! :)

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