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Sourdough Soft Pretzels

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Soft, buttery hand-rolled and twisted soft pretzels made with the tang of sourdough. For more tried and true recipes, please visit my blog: Jennifer Cooks."
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1 h 55 m servings 225
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 large pretzels)


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  1. Combine flour, sourdough starter, water, powdered milk, butter, brown sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix until dough comes together. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if dough is dry.
  2. Remove dough from the bowl and shape into a ball. Clean and dry bowl; grease lightly. Return dough to the bowl. Cover and let rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly greased surface. Fold and shape into a rectangle. Divide equally into 12 pieces. Keep pieces covered with plastic wrap while working. Roll out 1 piece at a time into a rope about 18 inches long.
  4. Loop and twist 1 rope into a pretzel shape. Place on a baking sheet while you finish rolling out and shaping the remaining pretzels.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  6. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in baking soda until dissolved. Lower 1 pretzel into the boiling water bath for 30 seconds, flipping halfway through. Remove using a large flat spatula and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  7. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water to make egg wash. Brush each pretzel with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until dark golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush each pretzel with melted butter. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute bread flour for the all-purpose flour, if desired.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sodium in baking soda. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 225 calories; 7.4 33.3 6.3 33 1716 Full nutrition

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They didn’t come out pretty, but are delicious. I used my own starter and evaporated milk.