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.
- 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.
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.
Use your hands to roll each piece into a long rope.
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.
Brush each one with the melted vegan butter, saving half the butter to brush on after they are done baking.
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.