Soft, chewy, and incredibly delicious, it’s no wonder soft pretzels are one of America’s most popular snack foods. Best of all, they are incredibly easy to make, using just a few simple ingredients! Combine 1 ½ cups of water and 1 tbsp. of sugar in your mixing bowl. Sprinkle a packet of active dry yeast on top and allow that to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. On the side, whisk 4 ½ cups of bread flour and 2 tsp. of kosher salt and add to your yeast mix, along with 2 ounces of melted unsalted butter. Using the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer, mix on low speed to combine, and then change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough and then place it in a bowl coated with vegetable oil. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. Using a knife, cut the dough into 8 sections. Pre-shape the dough to ensure optimal crumb texture as well as to give it a bit more strength for the final shaping. Then, starting in the middle and working outwards, roll the dough until it’s about 24” long. To make its signature twisted shape, first make a U-shape, and then cross the ends over twice and press them into the top of the pretzel. Next, bring 9 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to a rolling boil. Carefully, lower the pretzels into the water using a large, slotted spatula or spoon and boil for 20-30 seconds each. Place on a parchment-lined pan and brush the top of each pretzel with an egg wash, and then sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, until golden brown, and transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Bavarian soft pretzels are a soft, chewy, and incredibly delicious snack food which are a great addition to any bar or restaurant's menu! Learn how to make this simple treat by following the steps in this video.