Soft Pretzels

8 195 101
Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
3 h 15 min 16
Soft Pretzels
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2 cup Bread flour, wheat (plus extra for dusting)
1 cup All-purpose white flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Yeast, active dry
1 tbsp Sunflower oil
1/4 tsp Baking soda (for glaze)
1 pinch Coarse salt (for glaze)
1 large Egg (beaten - for glaze)


Put the two types of flour, salt, and sugar into a large bowl.

Sprinkle the yeast over 11⁄4 cups warm water. Stir, leave for 5 minutes, and add the oil.

Gradually pour the liquid into the flour mixture, stirring to form a soft dough.

Knead for 10 minutes until smooth, soft, and pliable. Transfer to an oiled bowl.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1–2 hours, until nearly doubled.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knock it back.

Divide the dough into 16 equal sized pieces, using a sharp knife to cut it cleanly.

Take each piece of dough and roll it under your palm to make a log shape.

Using your palms, continue to roll the dough toward each end, until it is 18in (45cm) long.

If difficult to stretch, hold by either end and rotate in a looping action, like a jump rope.

Take each end of the dough and cross them over each other, forming a heart shape.

Now twist the ends around each other, as though they had linked arms.

Secure the ends to the sides of the pretzel; it will appear quite loose at this stage.

Repeat to make 16 pretzels, placing them on baking sheets lined with parchment.

Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, until puffed up.

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix the soda in 2 tablespoons boiling water.

Brush the pretzels with the mixture. This gives them a dark color and chewy exterior.

Scatter flakes of sea salt or sesame seeds over the brushed pretzels. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush with a little beaten egg. Bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven. The pretzels should be dark golden brown with a shiny finish.

Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.


You can use vegetable oil instead of sunflower oil.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 101
Calories from fat 14.3
Calories from saturated fat 2.2
Total Fat 1.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 13.5 mg
Sodium 183 mg
Potassium 35 mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 3.5 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.9

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