Soft Pretzels

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MAKES 8-12

12-15 mins Cooking

PLUS 30 min for preparation



  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (lukewarm– no need to take temperature)
  • 1 packet active dry or instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • Cinnamon & Sugar OR coarse sea salt for sprinkling


Whisk the yeast into warm water. Allow to sit and activate whilst you mix the dry ingredients.

In a larger bowl mix salt, brown sugar and flour. Thoroughly mix these dry ingredients ensuring there's no lumps (especially with brown sugar).

Form a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture and canola oil. Slowly mix by stirring and then using your hands start forming a ball that can be kneaded.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and shape into a ball. Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. (Meanwhile, I like to get the water + baking soda boiling as instructed in step 6.)

Preheat oven to 180-200°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Silicone baking mats are highly recommended over parchment paper. If using parchment paper, lightly spray with nonstick spray or grease with butter. Set aside.

Cut dough into 8 - 12 even portions.

Roll the dough into a 20-22 inch rope. Form a circle with the dough by bringing the two ends together at the top of the circle. Twist the ends together. Bring the twisted ends back down towards yourself and press them down to form a pretzel shape.

This step is optional, but promises a chewier pretzel and helps provide that traditional soft pretzel taste. See recipe note.) Bring baking soda and 9 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Drop 1-2 pretzels into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Any more than that and your pretzels will have a metallic taste. Using a slotted spatula, lift the pretzel out of the water and allow as much of the excess water to drip off.

Place pretzel onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each with coarse sea salt. Repeat with remaining pretzels. If desired, you can cover and refrigerate the boiled/unbaked pretzels for up to 24 hours before baking in step 7.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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