- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 quarts water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Coarse salt
- In bread machine pan, place the first four ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed).
- When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into eight balls. Roll each into a 20-in. rope; form into pretzel shape.
- Preheat oven to 425°. In a large saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels into boiling water, two at a time; boil for 10-15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
- Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Spritz or lightly brush with water. Sprinkle with salt. Yield: 8 pretzels.
Reviews for Soft Giant Pretzels
"I've made them both giant and mini, it's a great recipe. I love that the dough is made in the bread machine, especially since I didn't get started on these until 3:45. There isn't specific instructions on making them bite size, I rolled out my ropes and then used a pastry scraper to cut them into bite size bits. They will puff a bit in the baking soda/water solution :) Mine took almost 15 mins to get to a nice crispy golden brown and then we tossed half with butter/cinnamon sugar and half we brushed with butter and sprinkled with kosher salt :)"
"So I don't have a bread maker. No big deal. Mix first four ingredients, knead for 5 minutes and let rise in covered bowl for an hour. It is SO WORTH IT!"
"Perfect! Delicious and easy to get the hang of. Better than having to drive all the way to a mall for a pretzel."
"I don't use a bread machine to make the dough, just my Kitchen-Aid mixer, and these turn out great!"
"I tried this recipe for the first time two days ago and my family has already asked me to make it again."
"These were so easy to make. I loved that I could just whip up the dough in the bread machine. We made these for a Valentine's day treat and made them heart shaped. I let the kids put whatever topping they wanted and they were so yummy! They've already requested them again!"
"so easy! Tasted like the ones I bought in NYC! Living in northern Canada I don't get to NY often, so it was great to have that flavor again. I agree with other posters, put salt on before baking."
"The boys helped me make the pretzels. I was amazed at just how forgiving the dough is! This is undoubtedly the best pretzel recipe we have ever had here, and we have 13+ kids!!"
"I was prompted to try this recipe when I found the reviews saying they were great. Well, they were! They were a snap to make and tasted great! Try using a spatula to remove the pretzels from the water. The one problem I did have was that the salt would not stick on the pretzels, even with a sprinkling of water. Next time I might try putting the salt on before baking. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend and I will be making this recipe again."