Soft Pretzels

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    Total Time
    2hrs 30mins
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based on 11 ratings

Originating in European monasteries in the early middle ages, these fresh Bavarian soft pretzels are a delicious salty, chewy treat.

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Water icon
    280ml (1⅛ cups)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    54g (about 4¼ tbsp)
  • Active dried yeast icon
    Active dried yeast
    14g (about 1⅛ tbsp)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    700g (about 5½ cups)
  • Salt icon
    2 tsp (about 12g)
  • Water icon
    900ml (3¾ cups)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    100g (about ½ cup)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    as needed


  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Parchment paper
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl

Step preview

  1. Add water, granulated sugar and active dried yeast to a clean medium bowl
  2. Mix briefly until combined
  3. Add all purpose flour, granulated sugar and salt to a clean large mixing bowl
  4. Whisk briefly until combined
  5. Transfer yeast mixture to dough
  6. Mix until dough forms - medium speed
  7. Turn out on lightly-floured surface
  8. Knead until soft
  9. Grease a clean medium bowl
  10. Transfer dough to medium bowl
  11. Cover with kitchen towel
  12. Let rise large mixing bowl until doubled and springy to touch - 2 hr
  13. Pre-heat oven - 230°C
  14. Prepare 2 clean baking sheets with parchment paper
  15. Knead large mixing bowl until smooth - approx 1 min
  16. Divide
  17. Form then set aside
  18. Add water to a clean medium bowl
  19. Mix in baking soda to the boiling water
  20. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to boiling water one by one
  21. Sprinkle with sea salt
  22. Bake until golden brown - 10 min, 230°C
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