Minnesota Cooking: Soft Bavarian-Style Pretzels (Using Bread-Machine Dough)

Updated on January 18, 2018
Soft, chewy, light golden brown.
Soft, chewy, light golden brown.

I made a homemade pizza the other day and vowed that I'd make soft pretzels on my next venture. Well. Today was the day. The game was on, and we were expecting to snack on light foods anyways.

So, I followed the instructions for the pretzel dough. The bread machine tells you to pile the ingredients in the bread machine in a certain order. First, the water goes in. The water temperature needs to be 80 degrees. The easiest way to get it close is to put warm water in the metal pan, put a thermometer in the pan, and assemble your other ingredients while the water temperature drops. As soon as the temperature dropped to 94 degrees, I started getting ready to toss my ingredients in with the water.

First, I separated an egg. The whites were saved in a bowl and retained for the outside coating. The yolk was dropped into the water. Sugar, salt, flour and yeast. The yeast is added last and sits on the top of the flour. The sugar is the food for the yeast, but it cannot touch until the machine is started.

Since my machine does dough, the machine starts and runs for up to an hour and a half, but will beep in the middle of it for me to remove the ball of dough. The dough does not need to stay in there for the entire time.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 1 hour 18 min
Yields: 8 soft Bavarian style soft pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 dough ball water,salt,yolk,sugar,flour,yeast
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg white plus 1 tsp. water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
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Instructions

  1. Use bread machine to make the dough. Pull it out when timer beeps. Cut into 8 pieces. Make a rope and cross, twist and lay flat.
  2. In large pan, mix water, brown sugar and baking soda. When it comes to a boil, add three pretzels and cook for at least 30 seconds. Remove and place on parchment paper on a pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take your egg whites and water mixture and pour onto the pretzels. Be sure to move the pretzels around in the egg whites and place on a greased, round baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle a little Seafood Boil on each pretzel and grind some sea salt on each one. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until pretzels are browned nicely.

Pretzels

I was pleased that the process was as easy as it was, and I was thankful my pretzels cooperated.

I used a combination of techniques. I mixed the dough in the bread machine using the bread machine's recipe. I used another recipe to boil the pretzels in a baking soda, water and brown sugar mixture. This adds a certain amount of color to the dough and sets the egg yolk inside the pretzel and creates the chewy bounce that we all know and love.

Then, the egg white wash is applied to the outside of the pretzel and they are salted on a greased sheet. Then, placed in a 375 degree oven until a golden brown color. This took me about 17 minutes.

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dough in bread machine
dough in bread machine
baking soda water getting mixed and ready
baking soda water getting mixed and ready
dough ball
dough ball
cut dough ball into 8 pieces
cut dough ball into 8 pieces
make pretzel shapes
make pretzel shapes
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roll between hands and make a rope shapetwist over handspin the ends twicelay flat on parchment paper. You will not bake with the paper, just use while raising and coating with egg wash
roll between hands and make a rope shape
roll between hands and make a rope shape
twist over hand
twist over hand
spin the ends twice
spin the ends twice
lay flat on parchment paper. You will not bake with the paper, just use while raising and coating with egg wash
lay flat on parchment paper. You will not bake with the paper, just use while raising and coating with egg wash
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Ingredients from Bread Machine bookmix up boiling wateruse special spoon to move pretzelsget baking pan readyall done with baking machine
Ingredients from Bread Machine book
Ingredients from Bread Machine book
mix up boiling water
mix up boiling water
use special spoon to move pretzels
use special spoon to move pretzels
get baking pan ready
get baking pan ready
all done with baking machine
all done with baking machine
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Cooking Spray on baking panboil up baking soda water with brown sugarboil pretzels for 30 seconds to set egg yolks insideplace boiled pretzel on parchment paper
Cooking Spray on baking pan
Cooking Spray on baking pan
boil up baking soda water with brown sugar
boil up baking soda water with brown sugar
boil pretzels for 30 seconds to set egg yolks inside
boil pretzels for 30 seconds to set egg yolks inside
place boiled pretzel on parchment paper
place boiled pretzel on parchment paper
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coat on both sides with egg white and water washtransfer to greased baking dishgrind a little sea salt on eachsprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning Salt
coat on both sides with egg white and water wash
coat on both sides with egg white and water wash
transfer to greased baking dish
transfer to greased baking dish
grind a little sea salt on each
grind a little sea salt on each
sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning Salt
sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning Salt
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bake until dark golden brown
bake until dark golden brown
see coloring
see coloring
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Soft inside
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Store extras in a ziploc bag
Store extras in a ziploc bag

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        Char Milbrett 4 months ago from Minnesota

        Thanks for your comment, Larry Rankin. They were delicious!

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        Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

        Love soft pretzels. I've never tried to make them myself.

        Very interesting.

      • firstcookbooklady profile image
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        Char Milbrett 5 months ago from Minnesota

        Using a bread machine is definitely a learning experience, it practically runs itself though. The soft pretzels were good the next day as well, with a slice of sharp cheddar melted on top. Yum! Thanks for your comment, Linda Crampton!

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        Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        My mother had a bread machine for a while, but I don't remember much about it. It sounds like a useful device. Your soft pretzels look like a great snack.

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