How to make it

  • Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the warm water.
  • Let yeast stand for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the rest of the water.
  • Mix 4 cups all purpose flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the yeast and enough additional flour to make a stiff dough.
  • Knead dough for 10 minutes on lightly floured board OR until dough is elastic.
  • Form the dough into a ball, coat with butter, place in bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise for 45 minutes.
  • Pinch off small dough ball and form into a 20" long x 1/2" diameter rope.
  • Form dough rope into pretzel shape (OR bake them as sticks, patties, etc.).
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Butter a baking sheet.
  • Bring to a boil 4 cups of water.
  • Dissolve baking soda in boiling water.
  • Drop shaped pretzels into boiling water .
  • Allow to simmer until pretzels float to the surface.
  • Remove pretzels with slotted spoon or spider.
  • Drain pretzels on paper toweling.
  • Place pretzels onto buttered baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with Kosher salt, to taste.
  • Bake for 12 minutes OR until golden.

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  • 70stang 1 year ago
    Made these today for alittle taste of home and they hit the mark. I'm going to turn them into round rolls next!
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    kymbix ate it and said...
    I was skeptical at first. Like a previous reviewer, my dough was flaking apart and didn't want to stick together at all (with only 4C flour). Maybe because I live at high elevation (Denver)? Anyhow, rather than trash it, I sprinkled more warm water as I kneaded and was eventually able to create a somewhat-formed ball. One note: if you use a good sized stock pot for the boiling step, you're going to need to double the amount of water and baking soda. And you should probably use Pretzel Salt instead of Kosher (if you can find it)... just for visual appeal. Very labor-intensive for 8 little pretzels, but SO good and totally Philly-Authentic!
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  • Dawn31337 3 years ago
    These were perfect!!!! Kosher salt isn't really big enough for the authentic look, but they sure tasted good!!
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    " It was excellent "
    JennieMac ate it and said...
    OMG. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My three year old is one happy boy!!! :)
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  • hoosierjenny 3 years ago
    Thought dough might be dry using only 4 cups of flour, but instead of tossing the dough as another user did, I made the pretzels. Turned out great!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!
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    FLNetMan62 ate it and said...
    Very disappointed - as a cook and not a chef or baker i follow recipes because i do not know the correct proportions. First i was expecting sugar to activate the yeast - was surprised bu tried it. Second, the amount of water 1 1/4 cups is not enough to make a dough ball: instead you get a lot of lour and a very flaky mess that does not stick together. Dumped it in garbage, could not get mixture right based on this recipe.
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  • barium 4 years ago
    Wow. I never expected real pretzels to be so easy to make so perfectly at home! Thanks so much. I've made them a few times since discovering your recipe a couple of weeks ago, and have a much happier family as a result! I now make the dough in my food processor, putting flour, salt & yeast in first, and slowly adding hot water (hotter than usual for proofing yeast). "Kneading" accomplished by 2 minutes of a whirring blade. I feel like I'm cheating, but it works perfectly! I learned this shortcut from Bernard Clayton's book. Thanks again!
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    These are a tad labor-intensive, but truly well worth the effort. Thanks so much for the 5. Never realized that this one would make it as big as it has. I will absolutely check out "Kids Stuff"!
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    debntim ate it and said...
    I LOVE soft pretzels, can't wait to try! YUMM! Blessings, deb

    BTW, I entered these in my new Kids Stuff group because of your 'good rainy day project' comment! Check it out!
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    canzi,
    You are very, very welcome! Enjoy the warmth of these right from the oven...
    Lorraine
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    'zilla,
    Thanks so much and be sure to enjoy these!
    Lorraine
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    bobby...
    You darling boy, you even have the right BEER! Thanks for the 5 and enjoy.
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    canzi ate it and said...
    My favorite! Thank you!
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    " It was excellent "
    broadzilla ate it and said...
    Mmmmmmmmmm. Give me some cheese and mustard to dip these in, and I'm in HEAVEN!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    bobbyc0117 ate it and said...
    Great recipe.All I can say is pass the mustard, and the Yuengling!! ya get my 5.
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    Aha, mad! We are the champions of the world in baseball AND soft pretzels. Thanks for the many 5's although I think they only count one... lol. Enjoy these, my friend.
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    madmommy ate it and said...
    As a girl born raised and residing on the outskirts of Philly - I can totally vouch! These amazing pretzels will blow your mind -
    Fabulous post Lacrenshaw!! ^^^^^^5555555555555555
    Yay Phillies! 2008 World Series Champs!!!
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    Julia,
    Thanks for the five. They just take some time. Could be a fun "rainy day" project with the kids shaping their own pretzels! Hope all is well, my friend.
    Lorraine
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    Thanks for the five, notyourmomma. I have to admit that I usually take the lazy man's way and bake them as "sticks". Enjoy!
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Now this is some serious pretzel making! High 5!
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