Soft Pretzel

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Yield: 10 pretzels

Ingredients

360 ml warm water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup baking soda
9 cups water

Directions

  1. Combine yeast and water in a bowl and let it set for 10 mins to activate.
  2. Add salt, sugar and butter to the yeast mixture.
  3. Add flour, 1 cup at a time and mix to combine. If the dough is very wet, you can add up to 3/4 cup of more flour until the dough is workable.
  4. Knead the dough for 8 mins until smooth.
  5. Shape the dough into 10 balls, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 10 mins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare the soda bath by boiling 9 cups of water, then add the baking soda.
  7. Line up the baking tray, soda bath and the rested dough in an assembly line to be efficient.
  8. Start by rolling out each ball to a log about 15cm, then twist both end to create the pretzel shape.
  9. Drop the pretzel in the soda bath for a 1 min each side.
  10. Take the pretzel out of the bath and put onto the baking tray.
  11. Repeat the process for the rest of the dough.
  12. If you’d like, you can sprinkle coarse sea salt onto the pretzel before baking.
  13. Bake the pretzels in the oven for 10-15 mins until golden brown.
  14. (Optional) If you like sweet pretzel, melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter. Once the pretzels come out of the oven, brush the butter over the pretzels and sprinkle sugar on top.

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