Incredible Soft Pretzels

Made by Anna olson

by Anna Olson
Anna Bakes INCREDIBLE Soft Pretzels!

Soft Pretzels are on the menu in Chef Anna Olson’s amazing kitchen, and she is going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

Follow along with the recipes below!

Anna Bakes INCREDIBLE Soft Pretzels!
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Soft Pretzels

Rating: 4.0/5
( 2 voted )
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) warm water (115 F/46 C)
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) warm milk (115 F/46 C)
  • 3 Tbsp (45 g) warm melted butter
  • 1 ½ tsp (6 g) instant yeast
  • 1 Tbsp (12 g) granulated sugar (caster sugar)
  • 3 ½ cups (525 g) all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 1 tsp (5 g) fine salt
  • 3 ½ Tbsp (50 g) baking soda
  • 2 egg yolks whisked with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water, for brushing
  • coarse salt, for sprinkling


  1. Stir the water, milk, melted butter, yeast, and sugar together. Add the flour and salt and stir until the mixture becomes too dense to do so (and it is a dense dough), then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough by hand until it feels elastic and smooth about 5 minutes. Return this to the mixing bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise for 90 minutes.
  2. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Using as little flour as possible, roll each piece of dough into a length of ‘rope’ about 12-inches (30 cm) long.
  3. Drop the rope onto the table as an elongated “U”, then twist the dough around twice and place the ends over the bottom curve of the “U” to create the signature pretzel shape. Once you are happy with the shape, press the ends gently down to secure and lift the pretzel onto a parchment-lined baking tray (make sure the tray is coated, not aluminum). Once all assembled, cover the pretzels with a tea towel to rise again for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Fill a stainless steel 4 L pot with 1 L of water and bring it to a full rolling boil. Add the baking soda (the water will foam briefly) and then carefully drop in 2 to 3 pretzels into the water. Boil the pretzels for 90 seconds without turning. Lift them out with a slotted spoon back onto the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining pretzels, in batches.
  5. Brush the boiled pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake the pretzels for 20-25 minutes, until they are an even rich brown.


  • Soft pretzels are best enjoyed within 5 hours of being made.

Resting Time:

  • Almost 2 hours
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