Homemade Pretzel Dough Recipe

Photo by Brandi Jordan

I’ve had a couple of people ask me for our homemade pretzel recipe, so I thought I’d share.  Apparently, snacks (with minimal fighting while being made) are a sure hit with moms.  I’m not surprised.

The recipe I use is really easy, but it does involve my most favorite appliance ever – the bread maker.  If you don’t have a bread maker, I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out, but you can always give it a shot an let me know.  Ready?  Here we go.

Homemade Pretzel Dough

4 cups of bread flour

3 teaspoons yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 cups water

1 egg, beaten

Coarse salt for sprinkling

  • Put all of the ingredients except for the egg and coarse salt into the bread maker pan.
  • Set your bread machine to the “Dough” setting and press start.
  • When the timer goes off (ours is done in 90 minutes), remove the dough and roll it into two large logs on a lightly floured rolling surface.
  • Cut each log into 12 pieces.
  • Roll each piece out with your hands and shape into a pretzel.
  • Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle coarse salt on top.
  • Cook for 15 minutes in a pre-heated 450 degree F oven.

That’s it!  Simple, but it does take time to make them.  It’s nice knowing all of the ingredients though and it makes you feel a little less guilty about an afternoon snack.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Pretzel Dough Recipe

  1. looks easy.. but we don’t have a bread machine. we _do_ have a KitchenAid mixer.
    we’ll have to figure out how much of the Dough setting is mixing, and how much is letting the dough rise..

    • I’m not sure, Jer. I think it would probably work okay, because the dough did not rise much at all. The kids even commented on the lack of rising. Let me know if you try it though, because I’d be interested in the adjusted times. And by the way….you need a bread maker. They rock. =D

  2. I love pretzels. Now I would really like to get a bread maker, but I don’t think I can justify it. Figure it might only get used as a novelty and then I’ll never get round to using it ever again. Kind of like my slow cooker.

    • I love my slow cooker and bread maker. They each get put to use at least 4-5 times a week. The bulky juicer and dehydrator? Not so much. I think if you make the dough and just let it sit for about 90 min. it will rise enough that it’ll be fine to use. Good luck!

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