These may seriously be the easiest pretzels on the planet! We just used the leftover dough from our Simple and Easy Pizza Dough recipe. But if you don't have leftovers, or you just want to make the pretzels, I'll post the recipe below to make it easy to access.
There's nothing better, in my opinion, than a big, soft, chewy pretzel. Golden brown. Not too much salt. Perfect for sharing or dunking into a bowl of our Cheddar Cheese Soup.
Do I have to boil the pretzels?
Yes. You do. But don't worry. You don't have to use lye (or any other caustic substance). We just added some baking soda to our boiling water, popped the pretzels in for a few seconds, and that was it!
Can I freeze these pretzels?
Theoretically, yes. I would say that after thawing, you will need to re-crisp them in the oven. To be honest, we've never had any last long enough to need to freeze them!
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- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ Tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-¼ cups water
For The Pretzels
- 3 quarts water
- ⅔ cup baking soda
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tablespoon water
- Pretzel salt
- Combine flour, yeast, and salt in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
- Add olive oil and water.
- Mix with dough hook on medium speed until smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
- Place in lidded plastic container that has been sprayed with cooking spray and snap on lid.
- Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Beat egg white and water together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Divide dough into 3 oz. portions.
- Roll each portion into a rope about 24" long. (It doesn't have to be exact.)
- After you roll out the rope, lift the ends and bring toward the center, twist together twice, and bring to bottom to form a pretzel shape.
- Lightly press the dough down to seal it.
- Let rest for 5 minutes.
- While dough is resting, bring 3 quarts water to a boil.
- Stir in baking soda.
- Working with one or two pretzels at a time, slide pretzel into boiling water.
- Wait 10-15 seconds, then flip pretzel over.
- After another 10-15 seconds, scoop pretzel out and place on sheet pan that has been coated with cooking spray.
- Brush each pretzel with egg wash and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 pretzel
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3733mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g