My husband and Auntie Annie have always had a special bond. One I’d long ago accepted that I couldn’t come between. There’s something sacred in her delicious doughy confections that he finds… irresistible. This cheap and easy homemade pretzel recipe did something I had long-thought impossible. It put the kibosh on their long-time love affair. One taste that’s all it took, and it was love at first bite. Move on over, Annie. There’s a new pretzel in town.
If you thought, like I did for so long, that delicious, homemade pretzels were only for the over-achievers, think again. This recipe couldn’t be any easier or more simple. These cater to all ages, genders, occupations, and availability. For those of you with pretzel lovers of your own, I challenge them to try these. I assure you that even the most loyal brand supporter won’t want to buy or pay for their pretzels anymore.
30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels
recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 1 and 1/2 cups luke warm water
- 1 packet active yeast (2 and 1/4 tsp)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 4-4.25 cups all purpose flour, and more for flouring the counter surface and hands (for whole wheat, use 2.5 cups wheat flour & 1.75 cups white)
- 1 large egg
- salt for sprinkling, optional
- cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling, optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Dissolve yeast in water. Stir with a spoon to combine. Add salt and sugar, stirring to combine.
- Slowly add flour, one cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Continue to add flour, one cup at a time, until dough is no longer sticky.
- Poke dough with a finger. If it ‘bounces back’ it is ready to knead.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and shape into a ball.
- With a sharp knife, cut the dough ball into 1/3 cup sections. This measurement doesn’t have to be exact.
- Roll the dough into a rope about 20 inches long.
- Once you have your long rope, take the ends and bring them together until your form a circle. Twist the ends then bring the down towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg. Dip the shaped pretzel into the egg wash, evenly coating both sides.
- Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt or sugar depending on your personal preference.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Turn the broiler on and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the tops. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
- Allow pretzels to cool, and serve.