Soft pretzels

    45 min

    The big but loved pretzels that you can normally find in America.


    Sussex, England, UK
    62 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 250ml warm water
    • 1 tablespoon dried active yeast
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 440g plain flour
    • 5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 egg

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Pour warm water in a large sized mixing bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Add sugars, salt and flour. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    2. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Make pretzels by cutting about a 2.5cm slice from the dough. Roll into a rope shape and twist into the pretzel shape. Cover with clingfilm and let it rise for 30 minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 250 C / Gas 9.
    4. Boil about 1.25 litres of water in a large pot. Add 5 teaspoons of bicarb. Add pretzels to the water, boiling 1 minute each side.
    5. Break and beat the egg in a small bowl. Add a couple of teaspoons of water and brush the egg on the pretzels. Sprinkle salt on top. Bake pretzels until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

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    Fantastic! Tastes just like the pretzels I got in the states! A few tips though to make them nice and pretty: Spray/grease both the tray you put the pretzels on to rise and the cling film that you cover them with. Also, make them small- they rise lots and get even bigger the in the bicarb bath! This makes it easier to get them out of the bicarb bath without breaking them. Using a big slotted spoon or one of those spider strainers would probably help. Enjoy! I certainly did  -  24 Jul 2010


    I'd not had giant pretzels since I had my daughter back in 2004 and as it was a nasty rainy day we decided to make some. They are fab and the recipe is easy to follow. Try salting them with rock salt, then once cooked, dipping them in melted chocolate. Oh My!  -  06 May 2012


    Ive followed this recipe 4 or 5 times now and each time my pretzels have come out perfect! My partner is now addicted to them however and has even begged me to make them at 10pm... If you want to make great pretzels you cant go wrong with this recipe  -  29 Nov 2012