Traditional Soft Pretzels

Teresa Bryant


Last Christmas I was given a pretzel machine, similar to a George Forman grill but the plates are designed for pretzels. The book had this recipe in it and boy does it make great pretzels. If you are a fan of Auntie Ann's Pretzels then this is the recipe for you.


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40 Min
10 Min


  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    active dry yeast (1 pkg)
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp
  • 1 c
    bread flour
  • 3 c
  • 2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    baking soda
  • ·
    sea salt
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    butter (melted)

How to Make Traditional Soft Pretzels


  1. Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.
  2. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.
  3. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
  4. While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp. baking soda. Stir often.
  5. After dough has risen, roll out dough and shape into pretzel shapes.
  6. Dip pretzels into baking soda solution and place onto preheated cooking plates (or a cookie sheet for the oven)
  7. Place in oven (or pretzel maker) for 5-7 minutes on about 400 degrees (less if you like softer). Remove each pretzel and brush with melted butter.
  8. After you brush with butter try sprinkling with sea salt.
    To make sweet pretzels, melt a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Then dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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About Traditional Soft Pretzels

Course/Dish: Other Breads Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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