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Soft pretzels

by Christina Julia

Soft pretzels

Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 700g/11⁄2lb plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter, plus a little extra, melted
  • 225ml/8fl oz warm milk


  • Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/
    Gas mark 6. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • Put about 125g/4oz of the flour, the sugar, salt, baking powder, yeast
    and the 2 tablspoons softened butter in a large bowl. Mix until smooth
    and the yeast starts to froth.
  • Sift in the remaining flour, and continue mixing until a stiff dough forms.
    Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. Form into a ball and
    allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough and knead for a minute or so. Divide into eight
    equal pieces. Roll or cut each piece into a rope 45cm/18in long and
    1cm/1⁄2in in diameter, and twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Allow to
    rest for a couple of minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon or broad spatula, slide the pretzels into the boiling
    water one at a time, and boil each one until they float to the top.
    Remove immediately, drain off and transfer to the greased baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden. Brush the pretzels very
    lightly with melted butter as they emerge from the oven. Serve warm

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