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Soft Homemade Pretzels (German Style)

Soft Homemade Pretzels, German-Style, perfect as a quick snack, and big favourite with the little ones. Throw some in the school lunch box or in the picnic basket, or munch on them in between meals. They are incredibly delicious, and super easy to make.

Overhead shot of a plate of soft homemade pretzels, with some flowers next to it and another pretzel on the table

Looking for some nibbles to munch on? I’ve got you covered. My soft homemade pretzels are absolutely fantastic. Planning a picnic when the weather is nice? Need something to eat in between meals? Or maybe just a snack to get you going on those way too long office hours?

If the answer to all these questions is a big fat yes, then you must try my recipe. It only requires about 1 and a half hours of your time and they are cheaper and healthier than those bags of biscuits and crisps that keep winking at you.

If you have kids who can’t wait to get their little hands dirty, do get them to help you make them,  they will love getting their reward at the end of their hard work. I remember that as a child my father always used to buy pretzels when coming home from work, and l used to run quickly as soon as we was home and search his bag for goodies. Those pretzels were demolished in no time. Sweet old days!

And guess who is mummy’s little helper now? My nearly 3 year old girl already loves baking with mummy, and she absolutely loved kneading the dough. Can you spot some little hands in there?

Collage of 6 photos to show how to make soft homemade pretzels

HOW TO MAKE THE PRETZEL DOUGH

If you want the pretzels to be crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside, getting the dough right is crucial. FIRSTLY, make sure the milk is warm, not hot. Then mix a bit of sugar and dried fast-action yeast, give a good stir, then let the mixture rest for 10 minutes or so.

You will notice that the yeast mixture raises and becomes foamy. That’s when you know that yeast has worked and it will do its job nicely. If the yeast is not foamy, you will have to start again using another sachet of yeast.

Then, mix it with the other ingredients, and knead the dough well for at least 5 minutes. I know it can be hard work, but it will pay off, trust me. The dough should be elastic and not stick to the hands at all. Then, shape it into a ball, transfer it to a bowl, cover with clingfilm and a clean tea towel, and let it prove in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

HOW TO MAKE THE PRETZEL SHAPE

Once the dough has risen, transfer it to the work surface, divide it into 10 small balls, then roll each ball into a thin long rope. Cross the rope, then make a U shape.

Grease and flour a baking tray, then transfer the pretzels onto it, brush with egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds, caraway seeds, poppy seeds, anything you like, and bake for 20 minutes. And that’s your job done.

Just look how soft and perfectly baked they are!!! They spring back if you touch them, and that’s when you know you absolutely nailed the recipe.

A hand holding half of a soft homemade pretzels with other 2 pretzels in the background

As you can tell, making them is a lot easier than it looks. The waiting is a lot longer, but other than that, it’s not a big deal. Have some for your kids lunch box, or as an afterschool snack, and they will just love them.

Now, you can make them as flavourful as you like, if you’d rather not have plain. Add some lemon extract and zest, or vanilla extract, cinnamon, or coat them in honey and chopped walnuts, the posibilities are endless here. You have the basic recipe, tweak it the way you like, you can create so many variations of it.

The pretzels stay fresh for a long time, but best to store them in an airtight container until you eat them up. I absolutely love them warm, they are fresh, they smell amazingly well, and they remind me of childhood. What a treat!

Overhead shot of 2 soft homemade pretzels on a table with some flowers next to them

Soft vanilla pretzels

Soft vanilla pretzels

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Overhead shot of a plate with 3 soft homemade pretzels and flowers next to it
Soft Homemade Pretzels (German-Style)
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

Soft Homemade Pretzels, German-Style, a delicious snack that makes a great addition to the school lunch box or the picnic basket. Loved by the little ones and grown-ups alike.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: german pretzels
Servings: 10 pretzels
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 400 g strong bread flour
  • 2 tsp active dried yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 ml milk
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 egg
  • sesame seeds, caraway seeds to garnish
Instructions
  1. Warm up the milk in the microwave just for about 10 seconds, it has to be warm, but not hot to touch.

  2. Add the sugar and yeast and mix well.

  3. Leave the mixture to prove for 10 minutes, it will rise and become foamy.

  4. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, yeast mixture, water, oil and knead for 5 minutes. The dough comes together really nicely, it does not stick to the bowl and is easy to work with.

  5. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to double up its size for about one hour.

  6. Transfer the dough to a slightly oiled work surface and shape 10 balls.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, (356 Fahrenheit).

  8. Roll each ball into a long thin rope, then shape it into a pretzel.
  9. Slightly beat the egg and brush each pretzel with it, the sprinkle sesame seeds and caraway seeds over.

  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden.

  11. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes, then serve either warm or cold.
Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
  • MAKE SURE THE YEAST IS ACTIVE, IF THIS DEOS NOT BECOME FOAMY WHEN YOU LEFT IT REST WITH THE MILK, DO NOT USED IT, THE PRETZELS WILL NOT BECOME SOFT.

 

Nutrition Facts
Soft Homemade Pretzels (German-Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 361mg 15%
Potassium 66mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Silvia
    April 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Arata mult mai bine decat cele cumparate. Si sigur, si gustul e mai bun. :). Eu am mancat doar sarate, nu am mancat niciodata cu vanilie.

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      April 13, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Multumesc! Sunt tare buni, i-au placut si bebitei mele ?

  • Reply
    Chris
    April 14, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Love the vanilla flavor!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      April 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you! Vanilla brings such a lovely flavour to any dessert.

  • Reply
    Sheryl
    April 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    This recipe sounds healthy. I was surprised that this recipe used very little sugar, and that the glaze doesn’t use any.

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      April 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you! It indeed has a little bit of sugar, it is more of a savoury kind of pretzels, but the vanilla gives a nice kick.

  • Reply
    Basic white bread rolls
    December 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

    […] to make some bread rolls, don’t know why l’ve never done it before. After I made my Soft vanilla pretzels, I got a real taste for baking. And it is so easy. Once the dough is kneaded, all you have to do […]

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