Easy Soft Pretzels . . . so simple to make, and absolutely soft and delicious. A perfect recipe for beginning bakers!
I got this recipe for homemade pretzels way back in Jr. High in a Home Ec class. So if a bunch of hormonally charged, clumsy, less than attentive 14 year-olds can make them, so can you. Promise. If you have never made bread before, this is a great recipe to start with.
They are heavenly with soup and other main dishes, but they also make great after school snacks. They are soft and yummy and slightly chewy. We like them even better than the pretzels you can buy at the mall. Give them a try!
How to make Easy Soft Pretzels
- instant yeast
- all purpose flour
Combine yeast and water in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, salt, and sugar. Stir in flour to make a stiff dough. Knead on floured counter a few times. Let dough rest for about 5 minutes.
Roll into ropes and form into pretzel shapes. Place on lightly greased or silpat lined baking sheets. Brush with milk and sprinkle with salt if desired.
Bake at 400° for about 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
*For traditional pretzels, I sprinkle them with coarse salt. But most often, I just leave them plain because my boys love eating them with butter and homemade jam.
It takes a little bit of practice to get smooth, perfectly shaped pretzels. But usually I let my kids help and we get all kinds of shapes. They love to make their initials. You can even just make twists. No matter how they look, they will taste fantastic, so don’t give up!
MORE BREAD RECIPES TO TRY:
Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 Tbsp yeast (I use SAF)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 4 cups flour
- Combine yeast and water in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, salt, and sugar. Stir in flour to make a stiff dough. (Unlike most bread recipes, you want plenty of flour. That makes the pretzels chewier.) Knead on floured counter a few times. Let dough sit for about 5 minutes.
- Roll into ropes and form into pretzels. Place on lightly greased or silpat lined baking sheets. Brush with milk and sprinkle with salt if desired.
- Bake at 400° for about 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
-We have tried sprinkling the tops with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic salt and Parmesan, and cinnamon/sugar. Most of the time I just leave them plain-and they are still heavenly!
-Sometimes I replace some of the white flour with freshly ground whole wheat flour and it works wonderfully and is more healthy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
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