Homemade Soft Pretzels
Blue Ribbon Recipe
There's no two ways about it - I am a pretzel addict. I love pretzels and in my days of working as a flight attendant, would plan my layovers so that I'd have time to hit up one of the soft pretzel stands at the airport! So it came as a wonderful surprise when I tasted this recipe and realized that I like these pretzels BETTER than any I'd had before!
Salty and surprisingly light, these little guys are equally delicious served plain, with mustard or topped with a little melted cheese. They're at their best when still warm, but can be served cooled as well. (Just plan to serve them the day you make them, as they don't keep their texture when stored.) The Test Kitchen
1 1/2 cwarm water
2 tspkosher salt
1 pkgactive dry yeast
4 1/2 call-purpose flour
2 ozunsalted butter, melted
·vegetable oil, for pan
2/3 cbaking soda
1 largeegg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water
·extra kosher or pretzel salt
How to Make Homemade Soft Pretzels
- Using dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Knead dough until its smooth and pulls away from sides of bowl. 4-5 minutes. Remove from bowl and place in a metal or glass bowl slightly oiled with vegetable oil. Cover and let sit in a warm place for about an hour or until dough has doubled in size.
- In the meantime, turn dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into about 16 twenty-four inch ropes. (if you want to make regular shaped pretzels at this point: make a U shape with the rope, holding ends of rope, cross them over each other and press into the bottom of the U.) Or you can cut the ropes into 2 inch nuggets.
- As you work place the nuggets or pretzels on your parchament baking sheet and (for the regular pretzels, place 1 by 1 into the boiling water for about 30 seconds) for the nuggets, I placed about a whole rope's worth in the water at the same time. 30 seconds, remove from water with a large slotted spatula and return to one of your baking sheets.