If you’ve been following our Instagram page for any length of time now, you know we are a bit obsessed with the Amish market that is near our house. While I personally love the doughnuts, Skibbles is obsessed with the soft pretzels. And I mean who can really blame her? They really are delicious! And when they are stuffed with things like pizza sauce and pepperoni, or bacon, egg, and cheese, they go from great to outstanding. But, like with everything, I knew that I could not only make a healthier alternative at home so I knew what was exactly going into them, but the cost of making them is much better for us.
I’ve had making soft pretzels on my to do list for quite some time now, but recently learned that April is National Soft Pretzel Month, so what better excuse did I have than to just go for it and make them! I was actually very surprised at how easy they were to make and had great success on my first attempt.
Andrew and Skibbles both ate two soft pretzels as soon as they were done. Skibbles actually asked for a third and I had to tell her no more which of course turned into an epic meltdown, but hopefully she’ll forgive me for that one if I keep making her mom of them.
My next step is making stuffed soft pretzels and other flavors, so stick around and I’ll update as I try new things with this recipe!
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 egg
- melted butter optional
- salt optional
- cinnamon optional
- sugar optional
- glaze optional (recipe below)
- Generously grease a baking sheet with unsalted butter. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add hot water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let dissolve for 2 minutes.
- Add brown sugar and flour and mix well. Try to combine as quickly as possible. Do not knead the dough.
- Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes (at least until doubled in size).
- Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into thick pieces and roll into long ropes. Shape into pretzel shapes.
- Preheat over to 450 degrees.
- In a small bowl, beat egg.
- In a deep sauce pot, add water at least half way and bring to a boil. Add baking soda and stir to combine.
- Add pretzels to boiling water, 2 at a time, and boil for one minute. Carefully remove boiled pretzels to greased baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of the pretzels with egg wash. sprinkle with course salt if desired.
- Bake for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
- Brush with butter if desired.
- For cinnamon/sugar pretzels - mix 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp cinnamon together and sprinkle on the top after the egg wash.
- For glaze - mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk together and drizzle or dip after pretzels are finished.