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Soft Pretzels

From the kitchen of Grandma Hirsh

Breads & Rolls - makes 10 servings

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Rest time: none

5 ingredients

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 and 1/2 cups Water
  • 3 tablespoons Baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon Yeast
  • 1 handful Salt (coarse)

9 steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Bring 1 and 1/2 cup water to 115F (i.e. very warm)
  3. In a large bowl or KitchenAid mixer bowl, thoroughly dissolve yeast in very warm water, and then add flour. (Work in another 1/2 cup flour to make stiffer dough if desired)
  4. If not using KitchenAid, mix/knead dough with your hands. If ough is still sticky, add some flour.
  5. Take a small piece of the dough and roll it until it looks like a fat pencil. Twist it into a pretzel shape.
  6. Bring 2 cups of water to very hot, then stir in baking soda.
  7. Drop each shaped pretzel into this hot water; use a slotted spoon or spatula to remove the pretzels immediately.
  8. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt and put on greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 F.


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