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Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe
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Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe

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"My husband, friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels," reports Sherry Peterson of Fort Collins, Colorado. "Let your machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Originally published as Soft Giant Pretzels in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p18


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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 249040
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"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 :)"

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ediecz User ID: 3588527 214290
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"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!"

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mikibunny31 User ID: 7066772 106120
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Perfect! Delicious and easy to get the hang of. Better than having to drive all the way to a mall for a pretzel."

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ksandjs1 User ID: 539854 31334
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"*****"

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kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 55661
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I don't use a bread machine to make the dough, just my Kitchen-Aid mixer, and these turn out great!"

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jodiejaxon User ID: 1063839 80414
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I tried this recipe for the first time two days ago and my family has already asked me to make it again."

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shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 31332
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"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!"

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kelkel_7 User ID: 2749218 124488
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"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."

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momof29 User ID: 6105359 124487
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"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!!"

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1275 User ID: 6324211 55660
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"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."

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