Homemade Pretzels

Do you have a spouse, significant other, or best friend obsessed with pretzels? Does this person get pretzel anything anytime that they can? I am talking about pretzels, pretzel bites, pretzels buns, pretzel pizza crust (yes, that is a thing). If you know someone like this or you ARE this person then this recipe is for you.

Dillon loves pretzels more than anyone I have ever met in my life. One afternoon I decided I needed to surprise him with homemade pretzels. I really thought these would be a disaster because I am not the best manipulator of dough. I can make really good dough for cookies, bread, cinnamon rolls etc, but if it requires folding, twisting, pinching I am screwed. Somehow, someway I managed, and below is the ingredient list and the How To. I hope you enjoy!

I will be excited to make these many different ways in the future! You could make sweet pretzels, spicy, or just good old fashioned.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Package of Active Dry Yeast (2.25 tsp)
  • 2.5 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar or Cheese of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Pickled Jalapenos

How To:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get some non-stick baking sheets out, or line regular baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl dump lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast. You will want to let these ingredients sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast has bloomed and you can smell it.
  3. Add flour, butter, milk, and salt. Mix with a spatula or spoon to begin bringing dough together.
  4. If you have a KitchenAid I am totally jealous of you and you could allow your machine to do the dirty work for you – knead the dough for 5 minutes. If you are doing this by hand you may need to knead the dough for 5-10 minutes – this dough is very dry. You may need to add 1 tablespoon of cold water to bring it all together, but this is not a moist or sticky dough – it will be dry.
  5. Oil your mixing boil and place your dough back inside the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until the dough has doubled in size. I placed my dough in the microwave and the kitchen was already warm from me cooking up a storm – my dough took 45 mins to double in size, but it can take up to 2 hours.
  6. Once the dough has doubled punch it down once – so fun.
  7. Divide the dough into about 12 even pieces.
  8. While starting to work on the dough get a pan of hot water boiling (about 6 cups of water).
  9. Roll your dough pieces out into ropes, you can jump rope them in the air if you want to stretch the dough, and I found it to be very fun. You want the ropes to be at least a 8-10 inches long in order to make a successful pretzel.
  10. Now, I will explain as best possible on how to make the unique pretzel shape in writing but I highly suggest you search for a diagram on Pinterest or Google – it’s what I did and it was super helpful. Take your stretched out rope and make a U shape, then twist the ends inward, cutting over each other and place opposite bottom edges at the U. Wet your hands and attach ends onto edges to seal.
  11. I suggest making all your pretzels prior to the water bath, but the choice is all yours. I made about a dozen pretzels from this dough, lined them on baking sheets, and then water bathed them. If you truly can’t figure out the whole pretzel twist thing – trust me I got frustrated – you can always make pretzel bites or buns 🙂
  12. When you have all your pretzels ready add the baking soda to the boiling water. Add one pretzel at a time to the boiling water – gently! The pretzel will stay in the water from 15-30 seconds depending on how crunch/dark you like your pretzels. Like a crunchy crust to your pretzels? Leave them in the full 30-40 seconds. Dillon likes soft and chewy so I only did 15 seconds per pretzel. Remove from the boiling water and back on to the baking sheet. Now, if you are just going to make good old salted pretzels after the bath would be when you sprinkle with salt.
  13. Top each pretzel with shredded cheese and jalapenos.
  14. Cook about 12-15 minutes – watch the last few minutes so your cheese does not burn.
  15. Brush with melted butter fresh out of the oven if you like to live deliciously 🙂
  16. Enjoy!!!

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