Warm, soft pretzels straight from the oven…mmmm. Who can say no to that, right? We certainly can’t, which is why we whipped some up to show you – and had a lot of fun making letters too! These came out fluffy and chewy and perfectly salty, and made us believe that there is true good in the universe.
And these pretzels are easier than you think – you can probably make them with the ingredients you already have in your pantry! Check out the recipe video below and then try them for yourself!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons (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 (coarse sea salt works fine too)
Here’s what to do:
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 let sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a large saucepan or roasting pan.
In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces (or more, depending on how big you want the pretzels). Roll out each piece of dough into whatever shape you’d like – we chose letters! Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, one by one, 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, about 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before devouring in happiness.