Learn how to make the best homemade soft pretzels right at home!! These are soft, salty, buttery and melt in your mouth. Absolute deliciousness! If you've never made homemade pretzels before, give them a try. They are so easy to make, there's no reason not to!
What you'll need:
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 tsp instant dry yeast
2 Tbsp butter, softened
2 1/4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour plus more for kneading
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp pretzel salt or coarse grind salt
Heat milk to 100-110*F and pour into a large bowl. Add in sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Let 'proof' for 10 minutes. Add in salt, softened butter and half the flour. Stir to make a batter. It does not need to be smooth, lumps are fine. Add in remaining flour and mix. Once it starts to come together, knead in the bowl for a minute or two to get everything into the ball of dough. Dust a working surface with flour and turn down out and knead an additional 2-3 minutes. Don't add too much flour to your bench. The dough will be and is supposed to be soft. Put dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
Meanwhile, heat water to a near boil, add to a small bowl and whisk in baking soda to dissolve. Set aside.
Once dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a work surface and cut into 6 equal pieces. Roll each into a 30" long rope. Shape into the classic pretzel shape and submerge into the baking soda solution for 10-15 seconds. Transfer to a greased or silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with pretzel salt and finish remaining dough.
Bake in a preheated 450*F oven for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for later. Serve with cheese sauce or mustard. Makes 6 soft pretzels. Enjoy!!