How To Make Amish-Style Soft Pretzels
Golden and buttery, these soft pretzels are simmered in a baking soda bath before baking for a surely fluffy salt-sprinkled bread.
Place the flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast, and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer with the hook attachment and beat until well combined.
Knead the dough for 5 to 7 minutes, by hand or machine, until it’s smooth and soft.
Flour the dough a little, place on a floured surface, and cover. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or nonstick cooking spray.
Uncover the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Let them rest, uncovered, for another 5 minutes.
Using the palms of the hands, roll each piece into a thin rope approximately 25 to 30 inches long.
Twist each rope into a pretzel shape by lifting the ends of the rope, crossing them to make a twist, and then folding them back down onto the bottom loop. Gently press the ends so they stay in place.
Boil 6 to 8 cups water in a large stockpot over high heat and add the baking soda, stirring until it’s dissolved. Reduce to a simmer.
Working quickly and carefully, dip each pretzel into the water bath, and simmer for 30 seconds on each side, flipping them with a slotted spoon. They will puff up slightly in the water.
Transfer the pretzels to the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Bake the pretzels for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter, using up all the butter.
Serve and enjoy!
These pretzels are best consumed while warm. They can be reheated in the oven, or frozen and defrosted later in a low oven. Top with mustard, if desired.
- Calories: 201.06kcal
- Fat: 6.23g
- Saturated Fat: 3.72g
- Trans Fat: 0.23g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1.57g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.38g
- Carbohydrates: 31.39g
- Fiber: 1.36g
- Sugar: 1.21g
- Protein: 4.55g
- Cholesterol: 15.26mg
- Sodium: 1891.48mg
- Calcium: 9.73mg
- Potassium: 55.75mg
- Iron: 1.85mg
- Vitamin A: 48.56µg
- Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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