National Pretzel Day: 3 Irresistible Homemade Pretzel Recipes

National Pretzel Day: 3 Irresistible Homemade Pretzel Recipes

Published on Apr 11, 2024

Get ready to twist and shout with delight because National Pretzel Day is almost here! On this special day dedicated to celebrating the humble pretzel, we invite you to embark on a culinary adventure filled with irresistible pretzel recipes that will leave you craving for more. From classic pretzels that transport you to bustling street vendors to innovative twists that push the boundaries of flavor, we've curated a collection of recipes that will take your taste buds on a journey they won't soon forget. So, put on your apron, dust off your baking sheets, and let's dive into a world where doughy goodness meets salty perfection in honor of National Pretzel Day.

National Pretzel Day Recipe 1: Classic Soft Pretzels

Let's start with the timeless favorite – the classic soft pretzel. This recipe will guide you through the process of creating those warm, golden-brown pretzels with a delightfully chewy texture. Learn the secrets to achieving that signature pretzel shape and how to achieve the perfect balance of flavors. Serve them with mustard, cheese dip, or even a sweet glaze for a unique twist.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (around 110°F/43°C)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Pour the yeast mixture and melted butter into the well of the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope, about 20 inches long.
  • To shape the pretzels, form each rope into a U shape, then cross the ends over each other and press them onto the bottom of the U, forming the classic pretzel shape.
  • Place the shaped pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure they have enough space between them to expand.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Carefully add 2-3 pretzels to the boiling water at a time and let them cook for about 30 seconds. Remove them using a slotted spoon and place them back on the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt and bake them in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  • Once baked, transfer the pretzels to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Cooking Tips

  • For a shiny and deep golden-brown crust, brush the pretzels with an egg wash (1 beaten egg + 1 tablespoon water) before sprinkling them with coarse salt.
  • Don't skip the step of boiling the pretzels in water before baking. This step helps achieve the pretzel's distinctive texture.
  • Experiment with different toppings and seasonings, such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or cinnamon sugar, to customize your pretzels to your liking.
  • Enjoy the pretzels warm for the best taste and texture. Serve them with mustard, cheese dip, or your favorite savory sauce for dipping.

National Pretzel Day Recipe 2: Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Prepare to be delighted by the heavenly combination of soft pretzel dough and delectable fillings in these irresistible stuffed pretzel bites. Bite-sized and bursting with flavor, these little morsels are perfect for snacking, sharing, or even as a party appetizer. With a variety of fillings to choose from, each bite offers a delightful surprise that will keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (around 110°F/43°C)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling options: shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite), cream cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon, diced jalapeños, or any other desired filling
  • Water, for boiling
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Pour the yeast mixture and melted butter into the well of the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into small pieces, about the size of a golf ball.
  • Flatten each dough piece into a small circle and place a teaspoonful of your desired filling in the center.
  • Gather the edges of the dough and seal them tightly, forming a ball with the filling enclosed.
  • Place the stuffed pretzel bites onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them to expand.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Carefully add the pretzel bites to the boiling water, a few at a time, and let them cook for about 30 seconds. Remove them using a slotted spoon and place them back on the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle the pretzel bites with coarse salt and bake them in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  • Once baked, transfer the pretzel bites to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.