Soft, chewy and warm Sourdough Soft Pretzels will fill your house with the most amazing aroma and will wow your tastebuds! Soft, buttery hand-rolled and twisted soft pretzels made with the tanginess of sourdough.
I don’t know about you, but I could eat my weight in buttery soft pretzels! These Sourdough Soft Pretzels are extra special too because they’re made with my sourdough starter which gives them even more flavor with a little tanginess.
If you’ve never made homemade pretzels, you’ll find the process fairly simple, at least I did.
Pretzels are much less intensive than bread and the results are wonderful! So wonderful I had to quarantine 3 or 4 of these just for photos so that they didn’t get gobbled up by three hungry teens and my husband!
I made a double recipe and they were gone in two days flat and I only got two for myself! Grrr.
Seems like I’ll be making more soon because they were really, really good!
HOW TO MAKE SOURDOUGH SOFT PRETZELS
To get started, simply throw the first 8 ingredients into the bowl and mix together until it forms a dough, then knead for about 5 minutes. I did this process using my stand mixer, but it could be done by hand as well.
Remove the dough after kneading, clean out the bowl, spray the bowl with a little cooking spray and place the dough ball back inside the prepared bowl and cover and let rest for about an hour.
The dough will rise some during the rest.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly greased surface. I have some silicone baking mats that I use for rolling out dough and for nonstick baking, so you can use those if you’d like instead of greasing an area – it’s not needed with the mats.
TIME TO SHAPE THE SOURDOUGH SOFT PRETZELS
Divide the dough into 12 portions and cover the rest of the dough with plastic wrap while you’re working.
Take a portion of dough and roll it out by hand into a long rope, about 20 to 24 inches long.
Make a double twist, then pull the ends down over itself to make the traditional pretzel shape.
You may have to reshape the pretzel, just adjust the shape to resemble a pretzel.
Cover with plastic wrap while you’re working.
This next step is optional, but it is what gives soft pretzels their chewy texture. If you skip this step, they will not get as dark or chewy, but they will still be very good.
Bring water to a medium boil and dissolve the baking soda completely.
Place one or two pretzels at a time in the boiling mixture and boil for about 20 seconds per side.
With a large spatula, carefully lift and drain the pretzel, then place back on baking sheet.
They will look a little wrinkly when they’re finished, but that’s ok.
Brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse kosher salt.
Bake until dark golden brown, then brush generously with melted butter.
Serve them warm with my Pub Style Beer Cheese!
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Sourdough Soft Pretzels
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup unfed sourdough starter
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 cups water
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt to taste
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together first 8 ingredients.
- Mix by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook until it forms a dough.
- Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes with a stand mixer (dough will be slightly sticky, if dry, knead in additional water 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency).
- Remove dough from bowl and shape into a ball. Clean and dry bowl and lightly grease. Place dough ball back inside clean bowl; cover the bowl and let dough rest for about 1 hour at room temperature.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly greased surface and fold and shape into a rectangle. Divide equally into 12 pieces.
- Cover pieces with plastic wrap while working. Roll out one piece at a time into a rope about 18 inches long.
- Loop and twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Place on baking sheet while you finish rolling out and shaping the remaining pretzels.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Bring 3 cups water to a boil, reduce to a medium-low boil and stir in baking soda until dissolved.
- Lower one pretzel at a time into the boiling water bath for 30 seconds, flipping halfway through.
- Remove using a large flat spatula and place on half sheet pans.
- In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush each pretzel with egg wash mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until dark golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush each pretzel with melted butter.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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I want to make these pretzels….however I do not have any sourdough starter. Once I make my sourdough starter when will it be ready to make the pretzels.
Hi Patti! The starter is usually ready within a week to 10 days.
It’s usually ready within a week. You’ll know it’s ready when it has a sour smell, is very bubbly on top and is able to double in size with regular feedings. (The smell is not a rotting smell, but acidic and sour – no mold growing on top.) Another great test to know if your sourdough starter is ready to use, is to fill a glass with cool water and drop some starter into the water. If it sinks it’s not ready, if it floats it’s ready.
I just made this recipe and the pretzels turned out perfect! I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup of AP, no issues. This is a great way to use up the discarded starter! Thanks for a great recipe!
Just made 4 dozen, Delicious!
So glad you liked them! Our family loves them so much…I can’t ever seem to make enough!
I made this recipe but I found the pretzels to taste too much like baking soda. So, I’m wondering what went wrong.
Hmm…I’m not sure. You might double check the measurements and also make sure to stir the water and baking soda until thoroughly dissolved.
Thank you Jennifer, I just made your Sourdough Pretzels, turned out Great! I usually add whole wheat or whole barley flour to my breads so I also added whole wheat to your recipe as well as converted it to grams for consistency, here’s my version.
3/4 cup warm water (180g)
1 cup sourdough starter (250g)
1 Tblsp yeast (11g)
2 Tblsp brown sugar (26g)
1/4 cup whipping cream ( I didn’t have powdered milk)
2 Tblsp butter, melted (20g)
1 tsp salt (6g)
1 cup whole wheat flour (150g)
2 cups bread flour (310g)
I tried a different pretzel recipe yesterday (non-sourdough) with double the water for boiling, I liked that better as the pretzels floated and did not stick to the pan. Either way all worked out well.
6 cups water
5 Tblsp baking soda
Hi, can you make this with fed starter and omit the yeast?
As long as it’s an active starter, I believe it will work.
Ginger Wellnitz says
I’ve always wanted to make these..and have recently made a sourdough starter with great luck..pancakes..cranberry muffins..biscuits..ALL delicious! I’ve been baking and cooking for 30 yrs and this has been a cool new avenue! Awesome pretzyls!
If you are looking for the best soft pretzel recipe, you just found it!
As long as you follow these directions, and do not change anything as so many people do with internet recipes you will end up with the best tasting soft pretzel.
I have shared this recipe with many people, and everyone that has made the pretzels has raved about them!
I shared this recipe with my AWESOME girlfriend in Seattle.
She has made these pretzels a number of times, and everyone she has shared them with has asked her how did you do that?
Also if you like beer cheese the recipe that Jennifer has shared with all of us is awesome!
THANK YOU JENNIFER!!!!!
Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you like them!