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30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups luke warm water
  • 1 packet active yeast 2 and 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4-4.25 cups all purpose flour and more for flouring the counter surface and hands (for whole wheat, use 2.5 cups wheat flour & 1.75 cups white)
  • 1 large egg
  • salt for sprinkling optional
  • cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Dissolve yeast in water. Stir with a spoon to combine. Add salt and sugar, stirring to combine.
  • Slowly add flour, one cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Continue to add flour, one cup at a time, until dough is no longer sticky.
  • Poke dough with a 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.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the dough ball into 1/3 cup sections. This measurement doesn't have to be exact.
  • Roll the dough into a rope about 20 inches long.
  • Once you have your long rope, take the ends and bring them together until your form a circle. Twist the ends then bring the down towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg. Dip the shaped pretzel into the egg wash, evenly coating both sides.
  • Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt or sugar depending on your personal preference.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Turn the broiler on and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the tops. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
  • Allow pretzels to cool, and serve.

Notes

recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction