German Style Soft Pretzels
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 cup warm milk (microwave for 30-45 seconds)
  • 2¼ teaspoons or 1 packet of rapid rise yeast (I use quick rise active dry yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Soda Bath Dip:
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 quarts water
  • -Coarse Salt for topping- (I used coarse kosher salt)
  1. Add all the Pretzel ingredients, milk, yeast, brown sugar, flour, butter and salt in you bread machine in that order. Use regular dough setting. Let it knead for 10-15 minutes. Check dough a few mins. after you start it. If it's too dry add a tablespoon or 2 of water if too dry, do the same only with flour. Dough should form into a ball. IF NOT using a bread machine, knead using your preferred method, by hand or with a stand mixer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Let dough rise covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into pieces on a lightly floured surface, I made 6-7 pretzels. Roll each piece into a thin rope, twist into pretzel shape & place onto a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
  4. Let rise 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan on the stove top, remove from heat, add ¼ cup baking soda. Add back to the heat & using a slotted spoon place 2 roll into boiling water. Boil for 30 seconds on one side then flip them over with spoon & boil 30 more seconds. Remove from water & place back on cookie sheet. Continue until they have all been boiled.
  7. Sprinkle with the coarse salt.
  8. Bake at 425 for 14-16 minutes, or until dark brown.
  9. (Optional: brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter & serve warm with your favorite pretzel dip)