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Making the Best Ever Soft Pretzels!

by Jean Van't Hul
March 5, 2009

Best Homemade Soft Pretzels

Okay. I know I just said that about the pizza Harry made the other night, but I swear I don’t automatically think that about everything we cook. These pretzels were so yummy and salty fresh out of the oven that halfway through eating ours, Maia and I decided to rush some to Harry at work while they were still warm! They were that good.

Best Homemade Soft Pretzels

Making pretzels was #7 on The List (I’m jumping all over the place) and we used this recipe, recommended by Erica. She said she used to make all kinds of different shapes, but we stuck to regular pretzel shapes this time.

I had a big uh-oh moment when I finished kneading the dough and realized I hadn’t added the melted butter. So I did my best to knead the butter into the dough after the fact (not very easy!) and thought that I had probably ruined everything. But they seemed to work out okay after all even though the dough wasn’t as smooth as it could’ve been.

Best Homemade Soft Pretzels

Maia really enjoyed rolling the dough into long snakes, then curving the ends over to make the pretzels. After making the pretzel shapes, I dunked each in a boiling water/baking soda mix for half a minute then set them on cookie sheets.

Best Homemade Soft Pretzels

Maia brushed the egg yolk on each pretzel, then sprinkled on the salt. I couldn’t find “pretzel salt” at the store so used course sea salt instead, which worked beautifully.

Best Homemade Soft Pretzels

We baked them, then immediately sat down to eat warm pretzels for lunch. Yum!

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