Soft Pretzels

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 2h 40m

Makes 12 pretzels

Homemade pretzels are not only fun to make for both adults and children (with adult supervision), but they taste so much better than store bought.


  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast (not quick rising)
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Lora Brody's Dough Relaxer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup (or more) room temperature water

  • 1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse or kosher salt, optional


Place first 6 ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Program machine for dough, basic dough or manual cycle and press start. Check dough after first few minutes of first knead cycle and add more flour or water if necessary to form soft supple ball. At end of final cycle, transfer dough to lightly floured work surface. Form dough into ball and cover with clean kitchen towel. Let rest until dough rises slightly, about 15 minutes.


Dough can be made and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead or frozen up to 3 months ahead. Store dough in gallon-size resealable plastic bag and refrigerate or freeze until ready to form and bake.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Oil 2 heavy large baking sheets. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into 9- to 12-inch long rope. Let dough ropes relax several minutes so they will stretch completely. Form each rope into loose pretzel-shaped knot. Place pretzels on prepared baking sheet; cover with towel and let rise in warm area until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Brush tops of pretzels with egg white and sprinkle generously with coarse or kosher salt. Bake until deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before eating.

Recipe created exclusively for by Lora Brody.

Serving size = 1 pretzel

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 6358

nutrition information per serving

122 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 296mg sodium; 25g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 4g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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