Candid Reflections

March 31, 2008

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Filed under: In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 8:51 am

My bunch loved ’em!  I found this recipe in a cookbook put together by Sonlight Curriculum.  It was submitted by a home-schooling mom named Melanie, the same gal whose cinnamon roll recipe I posted here.      


Buttery Soft Pretzels

4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 teaspoon white sugar

1¼ cups warm water (110º F)

5 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white sugar

1½ teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½cup baking soda

4 cups hot water

¼ cup kosher salt, for topping

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, ½ 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 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.  Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. 


Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough into the bowl, turn to coat with oil.  4210blog.jpg

  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about one hour. 


Preheat oven to 450º.  In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.  

When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a thin rope and twist into a pretzel shape (I didn’t roll mine out very thin so my pretzels required a couple more minutes of baking time.)  Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda water and place onto a greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with kosher salt. 


Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.  If you made your pretzels fat and chunky like I did, you’ll want to lay a piece of foil on top of them after the first 8 minutes and bake them an additional 2 minutes so they are not doughy in the center. 


Gobble them up…they are best eaten on the same day!


  1. How do eat all this stuff and retain your girlish figure? :o)

    Comment by Mamapua — March 31, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  2. Well Mamapua…I make sure that the timer chimes loud and clear so they all come a-runnin’ when they’re fresh out of the oven. However, by the time they get to the kitchen I usually have one pretzel in my mouth and three in my hands. They have to chase me around the kitchen to get their share – this keeps my legs in shape! Then when they catch me, we play tug of war until they finally pry theirs from my ever desperate grasp – great for the biceps! And of course, the whole time this is going on, I’ve been chewing on my own pretzel – keeping the jaw line nice and sleek. But this is nothing…you should see what happens when I make chocolate cream pie! 😉

    Comment by candid reflections — March 31, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

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