Discover Edd Kimber’s foolproof recipe for irresistible soft pretzels. Under his expert guidance, you can achieve the ideal balance between a chewy and golden crust paired with a deliciously soft and fluffy interior. It only takes a few simple steps to make these homemade treats that will take you straight to soft pretzel heaven.
Complete your pretzel experience by making Edd’s Incredible Dip. By combining the sweet honey notes with the spicy note of mustard, this dip goes perfectly with the pretzels and takes their taste to a new level. Whether you’re making them as a snack or entertaining guests, these soft pretzels won’t disappoint – a must-try recipe!
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 7 g bag of fast-acting dry yeast
- 25g dark brown muscovado sugar
- 50g unsalted butter, melted
- Flour for dusting
- Oil, for greasing
- 3 tbsp baking soda, baked (see below)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for glazing
- Sea salt flakes for serving
Pour a packet of baking soda onto a foil-lined baking tray and bake at 120°C/100°C fan/gas 1/2 for 1 hour. Transfer to an airtight container, label and use the next time you make pretzels. Has a shelf life of three months.
Try pretzel rolls
Follow the recipe given, but roll out the dough to 50cm instead of 60cm in step 3. The pretzels rise in the oven, close the classic pretzel holes and you get beautifully fluffy rolls.
- Place flour, yeast, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix.
- In a large jug, mix 300 ml lukewarm water and the butter.
- Make a well in the flour mixture, pour in the water and mix everything into a coarse dough.
- Transfer to a floured work surface and knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and let it rest for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, remove the air bubbles from the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
- Using your hands, roll each piece into a long rope about 2 feet long.
- To form pretzels, place the rope in a U shape with the curve facing you.
- Take the two ends and cross them.
- Take the ends, lift them back, and press them into the curve of the U-shape.
- Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Carefully place the pretzels on a baking tray lined with baking paper and lightly greased with oil.
- Cover lightly with oiled cling film.
- Let rest until dough has risen (not completely risen like bread dough), about 20 minutes.
- Fill a medium pot with water, bring to a boil, add the baked baking soda, then reduce the heat to low.
- One at a time, carefully lift the pretzels into the pan and cook for 20 seconds on each side.
- The pretzels rise to the surface; Turn over with a slotted spoon.
- Use the spoon to carefully lift the pretzels out of the pan and place them back on the baking sheet.
- Once everything is cooked in the water, brush lightly with the egg and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a rich, dark brown color.
- Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Best served on the day of preparation, but can be frozen for up to a month.
Equipment and tools
To prepare soft pretzels you will need:
- mixing bowl
- baking paper
- Pastry brush
- Pot for boiling water
- slotted spoon
Please note that this soft pretzel recipe contains the following allergens:
- Wheat (from bread flour)
If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please consult the ingredients list and make substitutions or omissions if necessary.
Storage and leftovers
Soft pretzels are best enjoyed fresh from the oven. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the pretzels in the preheated oven at 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
If you don’t want to eat the pretzels within 2 days, you can freeze them. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. To thaw, simply leave it at room temperature for a few hours or overnight.
Health Benefits of Soft Pretzels
Soft pretzels are a favorite snack for many and not only offer delicious taste but also some health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients used in the production of pretzels and their possible positive effects on our well-being.
1. Whole wheat flour
Soft pretzels are usually made from strong white bread flour, which can be substituted with whole wheat flour for additional nutrients. Whole wheat flour contains all parts of the grain, including the bran, germ and endosperm, making it rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating whole grains has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.
2. Fast-acting dry yeast
Fast-acting dry yeast is a common ingredient in pretzel recipes and aids in the dough’s fermentation process. Yeast is a source of B vitamins, particularly B-12, which is essential for red blood cell formation, nerve function and DNA synthesis. Additionally, yeast contains beneficial probiotics that promote a healthy gut microbiome, which is important for digestion and immune function.
3. Dark brown muscovado sugar
The small amount of dark brown muscovado sugar used in soft pretzels adds a touch of sweetness and richness to the flavor. Although dark brown muscovado sugar is still a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation, it contains slightly more minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium compared to regular white sugar. These minerals play an essential role in various body functions and contribute to overall health.
4. Unsalted butter
The melted unsalted butter used in pretzel dough adds moisture and richness to the texture and flavor of the final product. Although butter is high in saturated fat, when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet, it can be a source of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D and E. Additionally, some studies suggest that moderate saturated fat intake may not be as harmful to heart health as previously thought.
5. Sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda, also known as baking powder, is an essential ingredient in making pretzels. Baking soda helps create the characteristic brown and chewy crust of soft pretzels. In addition, baking soda as a leavening agent can aid digestion by reducing acid levels in the stomach. It may also have potential benefits in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.
Overall, soft pretzels may not be considered the healthiest snack option, but they do provide some nutritional value and can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Using whole-wheat flour and using minimal amounts of sugar and butter can make soft pretzels a slightly healthier treat. So treat yourself to a warm, freshly baked pretzel every now and then!