How to Make Soft Pretzels
What You Need
- Electric Mixer with Dough Hook
- Plastic Wrap
- Kitchen Towels
- Rolling Pin
- Stock Pot
- Large Slotted Spoon or Spider
- Baking Sheet
- Baking Mat
- Pastry Brush
- 1/4 Cup (59 ml) Baking Soda
- Oil or Cooking Spray
- Flour for Dusting Surfaces
- 4 Tablespoons (59 ml) Cold Butter, Cubed
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (15 ml), Melted
In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup (236 ml) warm water, yeast and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the baking mix. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add baking mix and cubed butter. Using your hands mix until crumbly. Add yeast mixture and mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms.
Using the dough hook attachment mix on medium for 8 minutes. Dough should be a tight, elastic ball. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap, let rise in warm area until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Turn dough out onto a floured work surface (like your counter). Gently flatten with your hands, and then using a rolling pin, roll out to a larger rectangle about 12" x 14" (30 x 35 cm) in size. Cut into 12 strips about 1" (2.5 cm) wide by 14" (35 cm) long.
Using your hands, form each strip into a large U. Cross the ends over about two-thirds the way up for the bottom of the U. Bring the tips of the dough to the bottom of the U and press into the dough to seal. Flip over.
Repeat with all strips of dough and lightly cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap once formed.
When done forming the dough, you’ll want to start heating up your water bath and preheating your oven to 450° F (232° C). For your water bath, bring 4 quarts (4 L) of water, malt syrup (or malt powder), and 1/4 cup (59 ml) baking soda to a boil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.
Use a large slotted spoon or spider to add 1 or 2 pretzels to the water bath. Boil for 1 minute (pretzels will sink and then rise to the top). Remove pretzels with spoon to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Repeat for all pretzels.
Place pretzels on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat. Brush pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle pretzel salt over each pretzel. Bake 12 minutes (turning halfway through) pretzels should be a deep brown.