Homemade Soft Pretzels

10 Oct

After some egging on by Alex, I took the opportunity on Sunday to make these delicious soft pretzels. They are very similar to my “go to” recipe,  but what stood out the most is that I let these rise for almost three hours and as Ellie suggested — they taste light, airy, and heavenly! I made the dough while Ethan went down for his afternoon nap, then while the dough was rising, I took a nap myself, cleaned the kitchen and then took a family afternoon trip to the park. I got back to the dough about three hours later and the result was dance in my mouth amazing. My new favorite for sure. I had a few slight modifications — I used 1 1/2 cups of warm water for the dough, and I baked them on pizza stones rather than a baking sheet to get the crispy bottom! Definitely worth making!

See the photos below:

Finished Product

Finished Product


Bubbling Yeast

Dough ready to be made into pretzels

Slight Modification: I always bake my pretzel-related items on a pizza stone for a crisp bottom!

Rising up!


6 Responses to “Homemade Soft Pretzels”

  1. Ellie | Gourmand Recipes October 10, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Jessica, your pretzels look fantastic! Golden and puffy. Great idea with the pizza stone. I am glad to hear you liked the recipe. Thanks for the mention.

    • The Lewis Family October 10, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for the recipe, Ellie. They are just fantastic and so much like a bagel. I enjoyed one at my desk this morning — and I will say I think are best eaten the day they are made!

  2. Barb October 10, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I don’t understand…..where are my pretzel rolls? I am babysitting Ethan today……

    • The Lewis Family October 10, 2011 at 9:26 am #

      I didn’t want to taunt you with them if you couldn’t eat them! You can get one when you come to get Caroline’s car!

  3. libby October 12, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    yum! Caroline was just telling Scott about these!

  4. stresscake October 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for the mention – haven’t tried the long slow rise like that as I’m usually too impatient but will.

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