The Crazy Kitchen: Soft Pretzels

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Wednesday 31 July 2013

Soft Pretzels

There are a few smells that remind me of our time living in America - Cinnamon Buns, Yankee Candles and Soft Pretzels. I've cracked making my own cinnamon buns, Yankee Candles are readily available and now I've made soft pretzels for the first time so I feel that my life is complete.

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After seeing a recipe for German Pretzels on Carolin's blog last week I couldn't stop thinking about them so, with a helping hand from Jack, set about making some and couldn't believe how easy they were. You can find Carolin's recipe here and below is the recipe I used, making a few changes (I misread the type of flour and my forgot to get my butter out of the fridge!). The pretzels worked out great though and are ideal for making with kids as they can make pretzel sticks whilst you're busy twisting your classic pretzel shapes.

Soft Pretzels

2 tsp dried yeast
1 tbsp sugar
125ml warm water
125ml milk
500g plain flour
50ml vegetable oil
150g bicarbonate of soda
1 litre of water
course sea salt

  • Mix the yeast, sugar, water, milk & 100g of flour together in a bowl with a whisk
  • Cover and leave for around 2 hours
  • Mix in the remaining flour and oil
  • Bring it together with your hands and knead for around 5 minutes (adding a little more liquid or flour if necessary)
  • Divide dough into pieces and roll into long sausages and twist to form a pretzel shape (or roll into sausage shapes is making pretzel sticks)
  • Bring the bicarbonate of soda and water to the boil in a saucepan
  • Add the pretzels into the solution, 1 or 2 at a time and leave for around 30 seconds
  • Place onto a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Bake in a preheated 200 C oven for approx 15-20 minutes until golden brown
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Serve warm or cold - delicious with a Nutella dip made by mixing a little boiling water into Nutella

Please also check out Jayne's lovely Bavarian Pretzels here
and again Carolin's are here


  1. OMG I am sooooo glad you have posted this up! 99 days until we go to Florida and I am dreaming of pretzels!!! Definitely going to make them!

  2. Your post brings back many memories of fresh, warm pretzels hungrily munched on the exciting, loud, noisy street corners of NYC!

  3. ooooooh yum! i have never made my own bread before well never used yeast anyway!!these look so comforting and i bet they were delicious with the choc spread xx

  4. I love soft pretzels and they would be the main reaosn I would want to move to America! Seriously! I made cinnamon sugar pretzels all the time, and now they have auntie annes here in the UK I'm in trouble and so is my bank balance at £4 a go!


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