Friday, March 4, 2011

Buttered Soft Pretzels

Gimme some gimme hot pretzels..that was what my daughter N was saying when she saw me making these. From quite some time I was thinking of making pretzels and was browsing around for some easy and good recipe for soft pretzels. Most of the recipes I came to know required the pretzels to be boiled first before baking...but I was not enthusiastic about the idea of seeing my kneading and shaping labour go to waste if they happen to break open in water...then I saw this recipe here and was happy to go further to make them.

The pretzels were really soft and tasted so good. I made salty pretzels..but shhhh I cheated too and made 2 of them with cinnamon and brown sugar coating...and needless to say they tasted divine. Next time I want to be more generous and am going to dip them in chocolate.


For the Dough-

APF- 2 1/2 Cups
Instant Yeast- 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Warm Water- 1 Cup

For Topping-

Warm Water- 1/2 Cup
Baking Soda- 2 tbsp
Melted Butter- 3 tbsp
Coarse Sea Salt for Sprinkling

  • Since I don't have bread machine I used muscle power to knead the dough...for that all the ingredients of the dough needs to be combined and kneaded into a soft and smooth dough. I worked with my dough for about 15 minutes.
  • Keep the dough for resting covered with a cling film in a buttered bowl for about 45 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased work surface and divide it in 8 portions. Allow the dough to rest again for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine 1/2 cup of warm water and baking soda and mix it well and keep the solution in a shallow bowl or plate.
  • Take each dough and roll it into a thin long rope of about 28 inches in length.
  • Shape each rope into a pretzel by making a U shape and then overlaying the ends of rope on one another and then press the ends into bottom of U shape. I have illustrated the method here-

  • Meanwhile pre heat the oven to 250 degrees C.
  • Dip each pretzel in soda water so that it is covered from both sides and then place them on buttered baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on the pretzels and bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or till they are golden brown in colour.
  • Remove pretzels from the oven and brush all the melted butter evenly on each of them.
The pretzels tasted best when warm but they can be re heated in microwave as well and be enjoyed.

Sending this to Champa's Bake Off and Torviewtoronto's Food Palette Series- Brown event.


  1. you have to BOIL them ? 0.o
    oh how weird! i never knew that!

    yes, i agree, i wouldnt be happy watching my work boil either..
    & haha! i loveeee the cinnamon sugar ones!
    those are soo good MMM !

    ive been craving pretzels lately, i just might take this recipe! (:
    (reference back to your blog, ofcourse)

  2. thank you for linking this delicious looking pretzel

  3. Great pretzels, loved the softness and addition of butter. Saving this recipe to try out shortly.

  4. fantastic pretzels.bookmarking it.

  5. Looks fantastic and love the gloss on the top.

  6. Those pretzels looks absolutely stunning and prefect..

  7. These look fantastic, they look soft & oh so tasty. Nice job and good step by step instruction!

    US Masala

  8. perfect and delicious pretzels, goes very well with mustard sauce !! will try sometime

    First time here...u have wonderful space !!! Happy to follow u :)

  9. Wow perfect..looks fabulous,bookmarking it.

  10. i am not a big fan of Pretzels .. weird right ?! I know :) Your looks neatly done !

  11. Yum! Those look delicious...I bet warm pretzels are fantastic.

  12. i'll take the two pretzels with cinnamon and if you make a batch dipped in chocolate, count me in, thanks you :)

  13. Very interesting and colourful one

  14. Girl I miss them..... yummy..

  15. Looks yum...nice pics..have to post mine

  16. lovely looking pretzels. Never tasted one so far,sounds n looks amazing!

  17. Perfect shape and looks delicious!

  18. They look great!

  19. Hi Raji, thank you for visiting my space and for your loving comments. You too have a great blog going here... These Pretzels have come out very lovely. Here, they call it Brezel and whenever I feel hungry while shopping or outing, I just grab one... Never knew it was so easy to make this shape at home :-)

    Glad to be following u.. :-)


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