Make Your Own Easy Homemade Pretzels

January 28, 2014

PretzelsIt's almost as fun for kids to make their own snacks as it is for them to eat them! This pretzel recipe—adapted from one that my daughter brought home from school—is easy and perfect for small children to help with, and the results are pretty tasty, too. My daughter loves to make these tasty pretzels when friends come over. It's a great activity for rainy days and playgroups, too. Why not bake up a batch to eat during the Super Bowl this weekend?

To make the pretzels you'll need:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg + a few teaspoons water
  • Salt for sprinking

Pre-heat your oven to 425ºF. In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add the honey and the salt and mix thoroughly. Stir in the flour until ingredients are mixed, then turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until it's smooth. Cut pieces of the dough and roll them into long thin cylinders, then twist them into a shape. The traditional pretzel shape is the obvious choice here, but you can twist them into any design your imagination can come up with.

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Beat the egg with a little water to make an egg wash. Put the twisted pretzels on a lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet, brush the tops lightly with the egg wash (milk or olive oil), then sprinkle with coarse salt. You could also put sesame or sunflower seeds on top, too.

Bake the pretzels for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool a few minutes before eating, but a hot pretzel right out of the oven is a real treat!

This recipe makes anywhere from 6 to 8 pretzels, depending on how big you make them, and can easily be doubled if you're feeding a crowd.