- 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 have a question. Is the 1/2 cup of baking soda correct? Other recipes for pretzels I've looked at only call for a few teaspoons of baking soda. Just wanted to find out what the extra baking soda does.I am going to give it five stars because I don't want to bring the rating down when I haven't made it yet, but didn't know where else to ask a question. Thanks for any help on this."
"Wonderful recipe! My family loved them!"
"They taste great, but "rolling" 20" ropes didn't work too well. Maybe my dough was too stiff. Essentially, I had to squeeze and hand stretch each portion to get anywhere close to 20" long. Still a good recipe though!"
"They were more soft than it looks on a photo but still nice. But they look nothing like on the photo. Doubt that I will be making them again."
"Thank you, ediecz!"
"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!"