LOVE those pretzels you can get at the mall? You know the ones... they're hot, buttery, salty or cinnamon-sugary?? I absolutely adore those pretzels, but it's not always so convenient to go visit the mall every time the craving hits! So.... here is the best recipe I know that makes them SO similar to the taste of the mall. And, with minimal ingredients (but a little time), they are perfect! You HAVE to try them!
Soft, Buttery Homemade Pretzels
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping
- Cinnamon-sugar mixture, if wanted (guesstimate how much you'll need, depending on how many you want this way!)
- Melted butter- 1 stick (1/2) cup
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
- When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. (I then spray with a little "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray!) Sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.
- When they come out, dip in melted butter!