This is a traditional New Year treat in Germany. It brings luck when it's the first thing you eat in the New Year. Germans typically eat it with butter spread on it. Rather than a salty pretzel, this is a lightly sweet dough. I converted and translated this from metric measurement and German language, and it turned out just wonderfully!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup milk in a bowl; add 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir yeast mixture and 2 1/4 cups flour together in a bowl until dough is dry and clumpy. Allow dough to rise for 15 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup milk, butter, egg, lemon zest, and salt to dough until evenly mixed.

  • Knead dough, adding more flour as needed, until dough is elastic. Cover bowl with a clean damp towel or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (199 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  • Gently knead dough; roll into a long rope on the prepared baking sheet and twist into a pretzel shape. Cover dough with a clean towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for 15 minutes more.

  • Brush egg yolk over dough and sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar over egg yolk.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 37.2g; fat 8.7g; cholesterol 68.5mg; sodium 70.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2020
So good! Cooked for 19-20 and was perfectly done Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/17/2018
They were pretty good. Rock solid crust though. I thought I was going to break a tooth. It was soft on the inside but just to hard on the out side. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
06/16/2018
They were pretty good. Rock solid crust though. I thought I was going to break a tooth. It was soft on the inside but just to hard on the out side. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2014
I used orange zest instead of lemon but wasn't thrilled with the crust of the pretzel. If I were to spend the time making these again I might try a 350 oven with a tray of water in the bottom of the oven. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2021
I made these to ring in 2021. I’m pulling out all the good luck foods I can find Lol. I’m not too crazy with the egg yolk effect on the top. It browned the a bit too much. Next time I will probably use butter. I took a creative liberty with colored sugar on top. Overall my family (that has a rich German heritage) really liked these. Thanks for the recipe and happy new year!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2021
These were quite good however they were difficult to deal with. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2020
So good! Cooked for 19-20 and was perfectly done Read More