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The Best Homemade Pretzels

by on January 17, 2010 · 11 comments

I’m not good at making yeast breads, especially pretzels, but thanks to Clara at Clara Bakes, those days are over.  Inspired by her pictures and experience, I decided to follow her lead and try Alton Brown’s recipe — a recipe I figured might work since Alton includes the weight of the flour. For aspiring yeast bread makers, getting the amount of flour is important and it really helps to have the weight rather than volume which can vary dramatically when using 4 or more cups of flour.

So Alton’s dough was *perfect* and even a klutz like me could make recognizable pretzels. And the taste? Infinitely better than store-bought due partially to the pride from baking them from scratch and also to the fact they have brown skins, soft and fluffy centers and can be eaten hot from the oven. If you want to take it a step further, brush a little butter on the pretzels when they come out of the oven.

Recipe Here


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Published on January 17, 2010

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Louise January 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Great looking soft pretzel. I can almost smell it. :-)

Kerstin January 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Mmm, these look fabulous! I just saved the recipe!

shelly (cookies and cups) January 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I agree with you ~ Alton’s recipe is the best!!

Steph January 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

those pretzels look great! I am not a master bread maker either – I will have to try these.

Carol January 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Funny that my husband and I were just talking about making homemade pretzels today! I will probably make these this week. Right now I have bagels in the oven. Thanks Hannah!

Anna January 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Carol, the success with the pretzels makes me want to make bagels. I used to make them years ago, but haven’t in a while. Also, I’m not loyal to any particular bagel recipe so if anyone has a great one, let me know. I guess I should see if Alton Brown has one.

Memoria January 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I would have never known that you’ve had problems making pretzels because these look perfect. Wow!!

Clara Curtis January 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I’m so glad that they turned out so well! They look great!

LilSis January 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

These look great! I’ve never tried making pretzels, but I’m sure my son would love them.

Sweets at Vicky's January 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

Hi Anna!

I can almost imagine dipping the pretzel into a thick almond caramel concoction. with lemonade on the side of course!

AJ January 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

This is a GREAT snack idea for Superbowl weekend. Just pair ‘em with a little queso for dipping…

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