Homemade Soft Pretzels

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You can bring a taste of Oktoberfest to your household by following this simple homemade pretzel recipe.

A great activity to do with the kids or for a fun date night, this pretzel recipe is easy to follow and you only need a few ingredients.


  • Active Dry Yeast
  • White Sugar
  • Flour
  • Table Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Baking Soda
  • Kosher Salt


Dissolve the following in to 1 ¼ cups of warm water:

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

Let the mixture stand for about ten minutes until it’s creamy.

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Take large bowl and mix together the following:

  • 5 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

Make a large indent in the center of the bowl and add these ingredients:

  • The yeast, sugar and water mixture
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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Mix and knead the mixture until it is smooth dough.  If the mixture is dry, it is okay to add enough warm water until you get the right consistency.

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Take a new bowl and lightly oil the sides.  Place the dough in the bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about one hour. The dough should be about double in size.

Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 450 degrees and take the dough out on a lightly floured surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Cut the pretzels into 12 portions.

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Roll the pieces into a rope by starting in the middle of the piece and rolling away from the center with your hands.  Twist the rope into a pretzel shape.

If the pretzel shape is difficult, you can always just do a braid or twist two pieces together.  It will taste just as delicious!

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In a bowl mix:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water

Dip each pretzel in the baking soda mixture before placing on the baking sheet.  The baking soda mixture is not a mandatory step but it is what gives German pretzels their distinctive crunchy texture.

Six pretzels should fit on one baking sheet. Sprinkle the pretzels with kosher salt and place in the oven.

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The pretzels should take about 8 minutes to bake, or until golden brown.

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Pair the pretzel with some mustard and a cold beer and enjoy your homemade pretzels!

Post by: Harlee G.