Soft Fluffy Pretzel Recipe From Scratch

Who doesn’t love pretzels! This recipe is the closest to that buttery Mall pretzel. Use the dough to make pretzels or to make little bites to dunk in cheese. I usually will make this batch and it’s enough for 4 hotdogs, 15 little bites and 6 stuffed nutella rolls. Yumm.

Yield: 8 large or 4 dozen bites

Rise: 1 hr

Bake: 10-12min

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1/3 cup baking soda

2 cups warm water

4 tbsp butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In microwave, warm milk to about 110 degress F. Stir in yeast and let sit for 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and 1 cup flour. Stir to start forming a dough, slowly add in milk-yeast mixture and rest of flour. Continue mixing until a soft dough forms. Turn onto floured counter and knead until smooth and just slightly tacky, about 5-8 minutes. Place in a large oiled bowl, cover and let rise 1hr.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lined 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl add warm water and baking soda.
  5. Divide dough in half. Working with half the dough, divide into 4 sections. Roll each section into a long rope, twist to form a pretzel, dip into baking soda water and place on sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Brush with melted butter.

If making pretzel bites, roll dough into ropes and cut with a pizza cutter, dip in baking soda water and place on sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Brush with butter. Can also place warm baked bites in a bag and toss with cinnamon sugar.

This pretzel dough is versatile and can be used to make different appetizers. Use to make mini pigs in a blanket or use whole hot dogs, just wrap dough around dogs. You can also make stuffed Nutella pretzel bites.