I’ve made more versions of these than I’d care to admit. There are so many different recipes out there that I was determined to find one that was what I was looking for. Well, I didn’t. I ended up having to combine the steps and ingredients of about 5 different ones and ended up with one that I love!
I hated the recipes that had all the muss and fuss of boiling baking soda in water and having to put them in there and blah blah blah. I mean really, I can’t even tell the difference AT ALL. So, I opted for a more simplistic route and I’m really happy with the results.
I also tried these with cinnamon and sugar on them, but ultimately ended up loving the salted kind better. It’s just something about a soft, salty pretzel! You don’t have to cut these up into bites if you don’t want to. You could also easily turn them into full blown pretzels. I did a few and they were puffy and delicious!
- 1.5 cups of warm water
- 1 pkg of yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- 3.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 egg
- extra salt for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 425°.
- Add your package of yeast to the warm water. Stir it around until its mostly combined.
- Add in the salt and sugar. Stir again.
- Begin adding in the flour 1 cup at a time, mixing to combine fully before adding in the next cup. I recommend using a large plastic or wooden spoon for this step.
- After the flour is fully added, make sure the dough is no longer sticky. If it is sticky, continue adding in a little flour (1/4 cup at a time) to the dough until it is no longer sticky.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 4-5 minutes.
- Using a knife, cut the dough into sections. Here is the part where it is totally up to you! If you want to make them into pretzels, cut them into about ½ cup size portions and roll into long thin logs and then twist as a pretzel. If you want to make them into bites (as I did), you can cut them into chunks, roll them out, and cut them into about 1″ x 1″ squares.
- With whichever route you decide to take, prep them all and set them aside.
- In a pie plate, beat one egg and add 1 tbsp of water.
- Dip each of the bites (or pretzels) into the egg covering both sides.
- Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. I like to use sea salt for this portion.
- Bake in the oven for 7 minutes (10 min for full pretzels).
- If they aren’t fully browned on the top, you can switch to broil leave them in for about 1½ to 2 minutes. Keep your eye on them! They will burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention. Enjoy!