Making homemade pretzels is one of my favorite family activities. My kids love to help make these wonderful pretzels, and I enjoy the process so much that I even share it with them! Making these pretzels from scratch can be a terrific family activity. Kids will help with the dough, you pile in the ingredients, and you are all set for hours of creative fun.
Buttery light homemade pretzels always taste better and fresher than any store-bought pretzel you’ve ever tasted. These traditional, German-inspired pretzels are perfect for serving as an exciting appetizer paired with a delicious warm dip. The easy-to-make pretzel recipe is easy to adapt for either bread machine or microwave oven recipes as well. It’s an easy recipe to create with ingredients already available in your kitchen and an enjoyable baking project to complete for you and your family.
For this easy recipe, start with about one cup of flour, three tablespoons of sugar, and about one teaspoon of salt. Stir together the flours, sugar, and salt until combined into a coarse grain in a large bowl. Next, use your hands to mix the mixture until it becomes a smooth paste. If desired, you can add your favorite flavorings, such as dried fruit, nuts, eggs, or even ice cream.
The next step is to begin to prepare your homemade pretzels. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and place it in your slotted spoon. Once the water comes to a boil, place your slotted spoon into the boiling water and allow it to stay there for only thirty seconds to ensure that the heat has been evenly distributed throughout the pan. This will help make your dough rise and bake faster. Once your slotted spoon is ready, remove it from the heat, place it into your mixing bowl, and turn the dough out on a floured surface.
If you prefer to use a sweetener, try using a packet of instant cinnamon sugar. If you’re looking for a nice sweetener to include in your homemade soft pretzels made at home, then try using packed brown sugar. Both of these will make a lovely sweet flavor that will add some extra flavor to your pretzels without being too sweet. By using different sweeteners, you can adjust the sweetness to the level you like, but if you want a completely pure sweet product, you should use that popcorn.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make soft pretzel bites, then you need to get rolling. The first thing you need to do is make a simple dough of flour, salt, and water. You’ll also need to have a large bowl to mix all of your ingredients in. Once you have your mix all ready to go, place your mixture into the bowl, cover it with the floured paper towel, and let it rest for about an hour. This will allow the yeast to begin rising, which is absolutely fine since you don’t want to stop the process until your ingredients are completely blended.
After your dough has rested for an hour, it’s time to start cutting your pretzel bites into pieces. When you cut them, make sure that you use a sharp knife and only go down one inch. This is going to prevent the cheese from melting on your baked bread. If you find that the pieces don’t come out as easily as you’d like, then you can add a little bit of extra bread flour to your mix in order to create that fluffier texture. Remember that your homemade pretzel recipe should have a smooth exterior, so be sure to scrape any excess cheese off before cutting.
Now that your pieces have come out nice and smooth, it’s time to bake them. To make the most of your homemade pretzels, you need to cook them in a hot oven. This will ensure a brown, crispy exterior, and you can also increase the cooking time to achieve this look. Remember that they don’t always need to be cooked on a hot day when baking your own pretzels. You can cook them on medium heat or reduce the temperature just a bit, and that will help to give your homemade treat a delicious crunchy texture.