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Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

"Big soft pretzels are all the rage in shopping malls across the country. I think it's worth the time to make them from scratch to get the incomparable homemade taste."
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35 m servings
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  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Cut each into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-in. rope. Shape into a pretzel. Place on greased baking sheets. Beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 25 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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I would suggest boiling them in 8 cups water and 1/4 cup baking soda for about 15-17 seconds,set them on a paper sprinkle with salt.This is what puts the signature skin on the soft pretzel.I als...

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I don't know what I did wrong. Like Brandi, mine did not come out shiny or chewy or anything like a pretzel. They were more just like bread. They still tasted good but not what I was expectin...

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I would suggest boiling them in 8 cups water and 1/4 cup baking soda for about 15-17 seconds,set them on a paper sprinkle with salt.This is what puts the signature skin on the soft pretzel.I als...

These pretzels are very good! I, too, brush them with butter instead of the egg before baking. The recipe makes a lot, so I usually freeze half. To do this, shape the dough, then freeze the unba...

I cut these in bite-size rectangles like we got at the mall. More fun to eat them this way. I turned the oven on warm and let it rise there 25 mins. Then I baked 16 mins at 400 degrees. I bu...

I haven't made actual bread items in years, but I wanted to give the dough hook some use from my Kitchenaid. So I followed this recipe except changed a few things. Instead of cutting dough into ...

Great recipe! just did something different, after combining all the ingredients, I cover and put on a warm place (on top of the refrigerator will do the trick) and after one hour the doug was re...

WOW! These were great! The kids loved them! I cut the recipe in half (don't ask how I got half an egg...), and took the advice of another reviewer and omitted the egg wash and used butter. The b...

My friends and i made this and it was really good. You can put anything you want on them. We made Basil Garlic and cinnamon sugar pretzels!

Even better than the mall pretzels. I changed the toppings too with butter plus cinnamon and sugar for my daughter, garlic salt for my son, and sea salt for my husband. Served with sauces like c...

These were fantastic, Just like you get in NY/NJ, after shaping them and let them rise for a half hour, I then boiled them in water with some baking soda for 25 seconds, I then made two variatio...

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