When you get a craving for warm, chewy, salty soft pretzels, you don't have to hit the mall or a concession stand. They are easy to make in your own kitchen! In the article Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels + Video from Sally's Baking Addiction, the author shares her secret for making the most delicious pretzels. Pro tip: Sprinkle the pretzels with Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning instead of kosher salt.
Homemade soft pretzels are nothing new around here.
But listen up. We’ve never gone into making easy homemade soft pretzels in great detail. And we’ve certainly never watched it here before. Especially that tricky shaping step! Which, after you’ll learn today, isn’t difficult at all. If you have zero skill in the kitchen, you can make homemade soft pretzels. Soft pretzels that LEGIT taste better than the ball park and dare I say it? Auntie Anne’s.
Did I just go there? Oh yes, I did.
This recipe, which first appeared on my blog in 2012, comes from my husband’s family. Kevin taught me how to make them 5 years ago. I was utterly clueless about where to begin with soft pretzels and yes, my husband taught me everything. I remember feeling pleasantly surprised at the ease and speed– it took us only 30 minutes to make 1 batch!
Over the years, I’ve added a smidge of melted butter and brown sugar to the dough– just to achieve that Auntie Anne’s flavor and texture. Furthermore, we’ve introduced the baking soda bath. While it sounds strange, this step is what gives pretzels that iconic flavor, golden brown texture, and super soft interior. If you get the water boiling ahead of time, it really only adds 5 minutes to the entire process. We do it every time now. It’s worth it!
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