I really didn’t expect how easy these were to make, and I was so impressed with how delicious they turned out!
4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or approx 2 packets of the premeasured)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/4 Cups warm water (going for about 110 degrees)
Dry Ingredient Base:
4 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup white granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Baking Soda Bath:
1/2 Cup baking soda
4 Cups warm water
1/4 Cup Kosher salt for topping
This recipe will take about 2 hours total, with one hour of that time being the dough sitting to rise in a warm area. Let’s get started!
First, stir together the yeast mix in a small bowl until everything dissolves, and let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it turns into a frothy substance, as pictured.
While that sits, prep your metal bowl and dry ingredients. Run oil over the inside of a larger metal bowl to use later for your dough to rise. In separate bowl, stir flour, sugar, and salt together, and create a hole in the center of the dry mix where we will place our next ingredients.
After the yeast is frothy, pour it into the hole in your dry ingredients and also add the vegetable oil at this time. Now you can stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients come together. If the mixture is too dry, try adding 1-3 Tablespoons of warm water until desired consistency.
Next, knead the dough while in the bowl for about 5-7 minutes until the dough comes together smoothly. Now place into the larger oiled metal bowl for rising, flip once to cover both sides of the dough in light oil, cover with plastic wrap and then a towel, and let rise for at least 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Once dough has doubled in size, prep your baking soda mixture in a pot on the stove to keep it hot, but not boiling. The baking soda can fizz, but the water temperature needs to be approximately 120 degrees. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and grease your metal baking sheet (I was able to use only one for this recipe).
Now the fun begins. Remove dough from metal bowl onto lightly floured surface and divide into 8-12 portions and start creating your pretzels. You can try traditional pretzel twists, or go with nuggets, or even sticks. Create the shapes you want, and set them aside on your floured surface.
Next, briefly dip each creation into the baking soda bath, and then immediately place onto a greased baking sheet, and top with kosher salt. Be generous with the salt.
Pop into the oven for about 8 min or until golden brown, let cool for 10 minutes on the pan before moving to a cooling rack, and ENJOY!
We enjoyed these with a homemade cheese dipping sauce as well. I posted that Cheese Sauce recipe here. ENJOY!