Do you like how I just said that like it was no big deal? Oh, just some homemade pretzels like I’ve become Auntie freakin’ Anne. Whatevs.
I don’t know much about football, but I do know that those big pretzels you buy at the stadium are a big crowd pleaser, so I thought I’d give making them homemade a shot. And what do you know – it’s WAY simpler than I ever would have imagined! I literally jumped up and down in the kitchen after they came out of the oven from excitement — I was so proud it was almost disgusting.
I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to it til today….But now that you all have it, get to it! You’re probably beyond sick of turkey and stuffing by this point, and these pretzels are a fun change of pace! Try them for the remainder of football season, or even just as a quick holiday party snack.
Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp Kosher salt
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (i.e, one packet)
- 4.5 cups all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter (half a stick), melted
- 10 cups room temperature water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp water, whisked together
- coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
1. Combine warm water, sugar, and Kosher salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow mixture to sit for about 5 minutes, until it has begun to foam.
2. Add flour and butter to bowl. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon to combine ingredients, continuing until dough comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
3. Remove dough and place into a larger bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray (or coated lightly with canola oil). Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size (note: I left the bowl on top of the stove, which was hot from the oven heating up). This will take approximately one hour.
4. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine remaining water and baking soda into a large, wide pot and bring to a rolling boil. In the meantime, turn prepared dough out onto a floured surface and divide into eight separate sections. Roll each section into a rope using your hands and form into a pretzel shape. Set aside.
5. Drop pretzels (as many as can fit – I did about 3 at a time) into the boiling water/baking soda mixture for 30 seconds a piece, scooping them out with a spatula. Place each one onto a baking sheet and brush with egg wash.
6. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm, with hot cheese dip or mustard.
Makes 8 pretzels