New York had it’s first snow day yesterday! So what did I decide to do? Make soft pretzels, of course! It was the only logical thing to do.
It’s snowed a couple times since Bud and I moved here, but we haven’t had an official snow day yet. Well, this was one for the record books. The storm started early on Thursday morning and still hasn’t really stopped. Bud and I adventured out into the storm yesterday afternoon. It was a good test for our winter gear! The snow was so pretty and the city was quiet. But dang it was cold!
Because it was a snow day yesterday, both my office and Bud’s offices were closed. I’ve been meaning to make homemade soft pretzels and finally had the time! I found a great recipe from Girl Versus Dough. I had no idea if my pretzels would turn out well, but luckily the recipe steered me perfectly. The dough came out perfectly and the pretzels were such a blast to make.
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but these pretzels are SO good! They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus, the buttery topping is just ridiculous. I think I could have eaten all the pretzels I made in one sitting.
Now that I’ve made pretzels, I might have to make bagels at home too! Maybe during the next snow day?
Homemade Soft Pretzels
For the pretzels
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cups baking soda
For the topping
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 4 teaspoons desired spice mix
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine water, sugar and yeast. Allow to sit for a few minutes, or until slightly foamy.
Add 4 cups of flour, salt, and butter to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until a stick dough forms. Continue to knead the dough for 5-7 minutes using the dough hook and add in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a ball. Place the dough ball into a large, greased bowl and let rise for at least an hour, or until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a two-foot long rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Place each piece on a greased baking sheet.
Next, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Bring the 10 cups of water to a boil in a large pot and add the baking soda. Using a slotted spoon, dip each pretzel into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the pretzels and transfer back to the baking sheet. Once all the pretzels have boiled, bake for 13-15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
While the pretzels are baking, combine the topping ingredients. I opted for a salty mixture, but you could use any flavor combination you like! Once the pretzels have baked, remove from the oven and brush with the butter mixture. Serve warm.
Original recipe from Girl Versus Dough