- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Optional toppings: kosher salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and grated Parmesan cheese
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough; divide and shape into 12 balls. Roll each into an 18-in. rope; shape into a pretzel.
- Preheat oven to 425°. Place water and baking soda in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Place pretzels, one at a time, in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove; drain on paper towels.
- Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with egg; top as desired. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Reviews forChewy Soft Pretzels
"Wonderful. However I was terrible at making the Pretzel shape. So instead I called them Christmas wreaths. I could get away with that considering the season!!! On a few I added garlic and Parm cheese. On a few others I added cinnamon and sugar!!!"
"These are great! We even par-boiled and then froze them, thawed to room temp and then egg washed and baked....turned out great! We are doing 3 batches for the Super Bowl this Sunday!"
"easy and fun to make and good to eat!"
"Just made this and it's so amazing do exactly as it says and you won't have a problem my family loved it."
"Very easy to make and super, super yummy!!! I need to double it next time."
"question? would love to try this recipe....was wondering can u boil the pretzels a few hours ahead before baking? sorry if this sounds like a crazy question, but hoping for great results for my first dough experience! :)"
"I make bagels a lot. this recipe was great. the 8 cups of water was for boiling ,not in dough"
"additional 8 ciups of water are for boiling pretzels in them"