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Pretzel Twists (Homemade Soft Pretzels) Recipe

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Pretzel Twists (Homemade Soft Pretzels) Recipe

If you’ve ever craved that delightful combination of a soft, warm pretzel with a slightly salty crust, you’re in for a treat. Making homemade pretzel twists is easier than you might think, and the results are incredibly satisfying. Here’s a step-by-step recipe to create your own soft pretzels at home.

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For the Pretzel Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F-115°F or 43°C-46°C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil (for greasing)

For the Pretzel Bath:

  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda

For Topping:

  • Coarse sea salt or pretzel salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (for brushing)


1. Activate the Yeast:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir gently and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy. This indicates that the yeast is active.

2. Mix the Dough:

  • Add the melted butter and salt to the yeast mixture. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Once the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour as needed.

3. Let it Rise:

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Allow it to rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

4. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.

5. Prepare the Pretzel Bath:

  • In a large, wide pot, bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add the baking soda (be prepared for some fizzing). Reduce the heat to a simmer.

6. Shape the Pretzels:

  • Divide the risen dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 20 inches long. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape, then place them on the prepared baking sheets.

7. Pretzel Bath:

  • Carefully place each pretzel, one at a time, into the simmering baking soda bath. Let them cook for about 30 seconds, flipping them once.

8. Salt and Bake:

  • Remove the pretzels from the bath using a slotted spatula and place them back on the baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse sea salt while they’re still wet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until they are beautifully golden brown.

9. Brush with Butter:

  • As soon as you take the pretzels out of the oven, brush them generously with melted butter. This gives them that irresistible sheen and flavor.

10. Enjoy Warm:

  • Pretzel twists are best enjoyed warm. Serve them with your favorite mustard, cheese sauce, or simply on their own.

There you have it – homemade pretzel twists that are soft on the inside, slightly chewy on the outside, and perfectly salty. Whether you’re making these for a snack, game day, or a movie night, they are sure to be a hit. Enjoy your homemade pretzel goodness!

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Source: greatgrubdelicioustreats.com

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