Soft Pretzels

For the finishing touch, serve these pretzels warm from the oven.


12 servings (serving size: 1 pretzel)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 41 Minutes
Cook: 29 Minutes
Other: 55 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 128
Caloriesfromfat 9 %
Fat 1.3 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Protein 3.5 g
Carbohydrate 25.1 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 374 mg
Calcium 5 mg


1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Cooking spray
4 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided


1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, yeast mixture, and remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, stirring until a soft dough forms.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

3. Punch dough down; divide into 12 equal portions. Cover and let rest 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface. Shape each portion of dough into an 18-inch rope with tapered ends; twist each rope into a pretzel shape.

4. Preheat oven to 450°.

5. Combine 4 cups water and baking soda in a large nonaluminum Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add 4 pretzels; cook 1 minute, turning once (do not overcrowd pan). Remove pretzels with a slotted spoon; shake off excess water. Place pretzels on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt evenly over pretzels. Repeat procedure twice with remaining pretzels and salt.

6. Bake pretzels at 450° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.

Gretchen Brown,

Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection,

Oxmoor House

October 2006
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