In the last two weeks, the hubby and I have been to the mall 5 times and we’ve consumed no less than 6 mall pretzels. Can you blame us? The little treats are soft and warm, so fulfilling to one’s belly on a cold winter night. Over our last pretzel date-night, I watched my husband consume his $3 treat, and wondered what in the world we were doing buying mall pretzels when we could make a whole batch of them at home for less than 3 bucks. Really! Homemade pretzels are fun to make, too! They are made from a foolproof yeast dough that doesn’t need even a minute to rise. All you have to do is follow this simple, step-by-step photo tutorial and you’ll have a big ol’ batch of warm, Christmas pretiola coming out of the oven in no time at all. It’s like a warm hug for your mouth…and your wallet!
Perfect Soft Pretzels
1 ½ c. very warm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
¼ c. sugar
3-4 cups flour
4 T. baking soda
10 cups water
1 egg white
¼ c. coarse kosher salt
STEP 1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees
STEP 2. In a large bowl, whisk together water and yeast. Stir in the sugar and set aside 1-2 minutes until the mixture is foamy. Stir in 3 cups of the flour.
STEP 3. Begin kneading the dough, adding additional flour until it is soft, but not at all sticky.
STEP 10. Gently tug the pretzel out, keeping the dough from getting too fat at any point. Set aside on a lightly floured surface and allow to rise slightly while you finish twisting the other pretzels.