I’ve always wanted to make homemade soft pretzels, especially because it isn’t something you can easily find to be gluten free. But, we didn’t just make any old pretzels. We made 3 varieties.. cracked sea salt, chocolate chip and funfetti sprinkle!
I was surprised by how easy these were to make. I would definitely make them again for a crowd.
- 1 and 1/2 cups warm water, lukewarm
- 1 packet active yeast, about 2 and 1/4 tsp
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour + more for the counter surface to knead
- 1 large egg
- crack sea salt for sprinkling
- *If adding chocolate chips or sprinkles, don't forget them :-)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir with a spoon until fairly mixed, about 1 minute. Some clusters of yeast will remain. Add salt and sugar; stir until fairly combined.
- Slowly add flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Continue to add more flour until dough is no longer sticky. Poke the dough with your finger - if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and shape into a ball. Add in the chocolate chips or sprinkles if using.
- Pull out as much dough as you'd like for one pretzel, the size is up to you.
- Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter, length of rope will depend on the amount of dough you used.
- Once you have your long rope, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl. Dunk or coat the shaped pretzel with the egg wash (both sides).
- Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to brown the tops, but watch closely.
Recipe from the very talented Sally’s Baking Addiction
Hmm.. Oreo Pretzels anyone?