Bread Machine Soft Pretzels

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Place the first five ingredients in your bread machine in the order specified by the manufacturer. Set the machine to the dough cycle.
  • When cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and let it rest a few minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 475 F. Get out two baking sheets, and place a rack over a third baking sheet.
  • Divide dough into 12 to 14 equal pieces. Roll each piece out to a 15-inch rope.
  • Make a U with each rope, then cross the ends. Pick up the ends and twist, then fold up to make a pretzel shape. Pinch to seal. Place the pretzels on the salted baking sheets.
  • Place 2 quarts of water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the baking soda, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Slide 2 to 3 pretzels at a time into the baking soda bath. Let them simmer about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pretzels. Transfer to the cooling rack. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • When all of the pretzels have come out of the baking soda bath, transfer them to the salted baking sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
Recipe from the kitchen of The Spruce Eats.


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