Lye Pretzel (German soft pretzel)

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recipe by Andreas R.

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 50mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    10
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    505

A traditional German style "Lye Pretzel". So tasty that you will not want to eat it with mustard but maybe just with a little bit of butter.

recipe updated Nov 27, 2017

Ingredients

  • Water icon
    Water
    250ml
  • Sugar icon
    Sugar
    4g
  • Active dried yeast icon
    Active dried yeast
    25g
  • Salt icon
    Salt
    12g
  • Bread flour icon
    Bread flour
    500g
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    15g
  • Lard icon
    Lard
    20g
  • 5% lye solution icon
    5% lye solution
    1050g
  • Salt icon
    Salt
    20g
  • Pumpkin seeds icon
    Pumpkin seeds
    50g
  • Gruyère cheese icon
    Gruyère cheese
    100g

Tools

  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Spatula
  • kCook icon Parchment paper
  • kCook icon Stand mixer bowl
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Work surface
  • kCook icon Small bowl

Step preview

  1. Get a clean small bowl
  2. Add warm water
  3. Add sugar
  4. Add active dried yeast
  5. Mix thoroughly until combined then set aside
  6. Get a clean small bowl
  7. Add fine salt then set aside
  8. Get a clean stand mixer bowl
  9. Add bread flour
  10. Add baking powder
  11. Add lard
  12. Transfer water to dough
  13. Knead thoroughly until smooth - 8 min, dough hook
  14. Transfer seasoning to dough
  15. Knead thoroughly until smooth - 4 min, dough hook
  16. Let rise until doubled and cover - 1 hr
  17. Pre-heat a clean baking sheet - 200°C
  18. Transfer dough to work surface
  19. Knead into a ball
  20. Divide with dough scraper then set aside
  21. Shape
  22. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
  23. Get a clean medium bowl
  24. Add 5% lye solution
  25. Dip pretzels carefully until covered
  26. Transfer pretzels to baking sheet one by one
  27. Add coarse salt
  28. Add roasted pumpkin seeds
  29. Add grated gruyère cheese
  30. Bake until golden brown - 20 min, 200°C
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