Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

Crispy on the outside and chewy in the inside, the texture of these pretzels is similar to yet slightly different from bagels, and definitely addictive!

Ingredients: makes 4

Bread (strong) flour
150 g
Cake flour
150 g
Dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon
Lukewarm water
170 ml
Coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon
Brown sugar
1 tablespoon
Salted butter (at room temperature)
25 g
Vegetable oil (for greasing the bowl)
as needed
Beaten egg
Sea salt, seasonings etc.
as needed
Baking soda
1 heaping tablespoon


1. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, coarse salt and the lukewarm water. Sprinkle in the dry yeast and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, roughly mix the bread flour and the cake flour, add pre-risen yeast from Step 1 and mix until just about combined.
3. When lumps start to form, add room temperature butter and knead until it holds together.
4. Move the dough to a working table and knead it until smooth about 5-8 minutes (Since it does not stick to your hands, dusting flour is not necessary).
5. Once the dough becomes smooth, make it into a round shape. Place it into a greased bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then let it rise in a warm area for about 45 minutes.
6. Once the size has doubled, punch it down to remove the air. Divide the dough into quarters.
7. Using your palm, roll out the dough into a thin line about 40-50 cm long. Twist it to make pretzel shapes.
8. Place the dough onto parchment paper. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200℃ and bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
9. Add baking soda into the boiling water (Be careful as water may splash out), gently drop the Step 8 dough. Boil the dough about 30 seconds on each side.
10. Place dough onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Mix 1/2 tablespoon water with the beaten egg and brush it onto the dough, then sprinkle on sea salt or any other seasoning that you prefer.
11. Bake them for 20~25minutes in a 200℃ oven (Be care to adjust the baking time for the type of the oven you have).
12. Bake them until golden brown, and you're done! It is delicious either as it is or with some mustard!
13. These were mini-sized pretzels that each used half the amount of dough (makes 8 of them). I wrapped in some chopped jalapeño pepper and some cheese.
14. Melted cheese inside the hot pretzel makes it taste great! Pungently spicy jalapeño goes really well with beer!

Story Behind this Recipe

The pretzel that I had in Germany was so delicious and I wanted to eat it at home.
So I came up with this recipe after trial and error.