How to Make Soft Pretzels (Bread Machine Recipe)

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This classic soft pretzel recaipe is simplified by letting your bread machine do the hard part -- mix the dough. You can shape the pretzels into the classic "knot" shape, long pretzel sticks or any other shape you like for fun variations.

Things You'll Need

  • Bread machine
  • Large stock pot
  • Cookie sheet
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/3-cups warm water
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 5 tsp baking soda
  • Coarse-grained salt, herbs, poppy seeds or other toppings (optional)
  • Add 1 1/3-cups warm water, 3 tbsp butter or margarine, 4 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 4 cups flour and one package of dry yeast -- in that order -- to your bread machine.

  • Select the "dough" setting on your bread machine and press "start." Once the dough has finished processing, remove it from the bread machine and set it on a lightly floured surface.

  • Knead the dough lightly and then cut it into short strips. Roll the dough into pretzel shapes, sticks or any other shape you choose. Cover the shapes with a clean dish towel or cheesecloth and allow the dough to rise for about 45 minutes.

  • Bring about 1 quart of water and 5 tsp of baking soda almost to a boil in a large stainless steel stock pot. Gingerly add the pretzels to the simmering water for about 1 minute, turning them once. This might take several batches.

  • Remove the pretzels from the water bath, place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and top them with salt, poppy seeds, herbs or other toppings, as desired.

  • Bake the pretzels for 10 to 13 minutes at 425 F. The finished pretzels should be soft on the inside with a crusty exterior.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a sweeter version, after baking the pretzels brush them with melted butter and dust with cinnamon sugar.

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