Vegan Soft Pretzels

We were feeling snacky one weekend and decided to look for a soft pretzel recipe. Most of them seemed so tedious, so when I found this recipe over at Averie Cooks I was sold. This is so simple to make and the results were delicious! The texture is chewy with a perfect buttery crust. Next time I am making two batches as this makes 6 pretzels and that is simply not enough.

Ingredients 

  • 2.5 cups of bread flour (this gives it that perfect chewy texture)
  • 2.25 tsps of instant dry yeast
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter melted

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and turn on the mixer. Mix for a few seconds to be sure the dry ingredients are well mixed. Pour the water over the top and mix on medium-low for 1 minute. Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 5 minutes. Remove and knead on a floured surface for 2 more minutes.

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Spray a bowl with cooking oil and place the dough inside. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 30-90 minutes. It works fine if you only let it rise for 30 but I think the texture is best after 60 minutes.

Punch the dough down and place on a floured surface. Use a sharp knife to cut into 6 even slices.

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Use your hands to roll each piece into a long rope.

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Make the rope into a pretzel shape by taking the ends and pretend you are making a heart. You can twist the ends and lay them overlapping the bottom of the “heart”. Lay three on two different greased baking sheets.

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Brush each one with the melted vegan butter, saving half the butter to brush on after they are done baking.img_1388

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Then, doing one sheet at a time, turn the broiler on for 2 minutes making sure they don’t burn. Brush with butter and sprinkle with salt.

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