Inspired by the biggest package of yeast I’ve ever seen (Costco, you complete me.) we’re baking and baking some more! Today it was a new soft pretzel recipe and…BOY WERE THEY GOOD!
What I love about this soft pretzel recipe:
It’s so easy.
My nine-year-old made the dough by herself with a couple of minor assists.
Soft pretzels are fun for kids to make.
The six and seven-year-olds helped her form 10 pretzels in every shape they could imagine–and it took about 15 minutes. (I made two. Because I couldn’t resist! #lookoutkids)
And if you think I’m going to say “homemade pretzels are absolutely delicious” you are right as rain.
How to make our Simple Soft Pretzel Recipe:
- Mix the dough together and knead for 7-8 minutes. (Prepare for flour everywhere.)
2. Proof for about an hour then divide the soft pretzel dough into 12 slices.
3. Roll each slice into a long snake. This will be your soft pretzel.
4. Shape the “snakes” into soft pretzels. Or a man. Or a coiled snake. Or… (Just try to come up with a design that’s flat so all the soft pretzels cook evenly in the same amount of time.) Dip into a baking soda/water solution. Sprinkle with salt and bake.
5. After about 8 minutes, you’ll have freshly baked soft pretzels that you can:
- devour immediately
- brush with butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top
- dip in mustard
- any combination of the above — you’ll have 12 to work with
Recipe for Simple Soft PretzelsPrint
Simple Soft Pretzels
For the warm water, think of a nice bath temperature. You need something to activate the yeast but don’t overdo it.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 35 mins
- Cook Time: 8 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 43 mins
- Yield: 12
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- In a large liquid measuring cup, combine yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Add 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water.
- Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Meanwhile, pour 4 cups of hot water into a large bowl and stir in the baking soda.
- When the dough is risen, flip it onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal slices.
- Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel (or whatever) shape.
- Once the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place on baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.
Want more ideas your kids can help with?