Homemade soft pretzels

Vacation has been good to me.  I’ve had lots of time to bake cookies, cakes, and most recently, these delicious homemade soft pretzels.

Some of you may know that I adore soft pretzels.  I started my affair when living in Germany, where every bakery would sell them fresh and delicious.  It’s also a welcome treat at a Red Sox game.  I know, I know…  at $4.50 it’s such a rip-off, but it’s the experience I look forward to more than the food.  And for a non-Fenway-Frank-eating vegetarian, it’s something to stave off the between-inning hunger, you know?  And with that yummy yellow mustard? I can’t help myself.

Anyway, I discovered today that soft pretzels are incredibly easy and fun to make, and within about 2 hours (most of that in the rising or baking time), you can be munching on your own.  I used Alton Brown’s Homemade Soft Pretzel recipe.

Here’s a close-up!

The recipe makes 8 pretzels in all, but I made 4 pretzels and 4 rolls (I do love a good pretzel roll!)  The salt is course sea salt, lovingly procured by my husband yesterday as my obsession was forming.  I love being able to put on my own amount of salt – I’m generally a big salt fan, but not so much of the overwhelming amounts of salt on pretzels sometimes.

I will be making these again (and again, and again)!

Posted by robyn on December 30th, 2009 under cooking, crafts

11 Responses to “Homemade soft pretzels”

  1. Lisa Clarke Says:

    Those look delicious! I am a soft pretzel freak myself, and so are my kids. We may have to try these…

  2. xine Says:

    My boys are going to want to move in with you- your treats are awesome!

  3. robyn Says:

    They were so good I’ve already made them again! They’re easy – you should try them!

  4. Laurie Says:

    I have been dreaming of these since you first posted them. I am totally going to make some soon.
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..Resolute! =-.

  5. robyn Says:

    Laurie, you totally, totally should. And eat them fast! They dry out quickly. No need to pace yourself.

  6. Jaime Says:

    I saw these on your flickr and made them immediately last night. They are hands down the BEST soft pretzels I have ever had. I am a super soft pretzel snob too. SO GOOD! I made an awesome cheese dipping sauce with them with some good expensive cheddar and it just made them even more perfect.
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..My first quilt completed this year! =-.

  7. robyn Says:

    Jaime, glad the recipe worked for you. Beware – they are addictive! I think you just took these pretzels to another level with the cheese sauce, too. Drool.

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Hi! I cam to visit your blog via your gorgeous Hope Valley quilt! I was just thinking about homemade pretzels today and wishing that I had a good recipe to try. Thanks for sharing this one, can’t wait to make my own!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..pretty in pink =-.

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  10. Ja'el Says:

    thanks – these are the best!
    I also used to live in Germany too but I ate more Milka chocolate and spaetzle than preztels 🙂

  11. Cat Says:

    I am going to make these to serve with my homemade vegetable soup in a few days, as I have relatives arriving for lunch. I can’t wait, although I will have to refrain from having any because I can’t eat carbs right now. (Diabetes problems) Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious.

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