Soft pretzels are without a doubt one of my favorite snacks. It’s hard to walk around in the mall and not get tempted to enjoy one! Even walking around the streets of New York City, it’s hard not to stop at any of the many food carts selling hot dogs and soft hot pretzels (I loveeeee these food carts, btw). My parents would only let me and my sister have soft pretzels on occasion, and whenever we went to see all the Christmas window displays in New York City, we’d always get hot soft pretzels and bags of roasted peanuts. I still do this every year.
Whenever my cousins come over to visit from Colombia, which is fairly often, one of their most frequently requested snacks is to get sweet soft pretzels from the mall. I always oblige, since I think this is one of the greatest snacks ever, obviously. Ahhh, mall pretzels. If only I could make them myself…
Oh but wait…they can be made at home in a matter of two hours. Duh.
Seriously, these pretzels can be made in about two hours, and boy are they delicious. I was so surprised when these pretzels came out as good as they did, they were perfect! Super simple too. Let yeast become foamy, add flour, add butter, let rise, shape dough, boil, egg wash, bake, add toppings. Done. Super simple. Super fun too. I made these pretzels with my sister, and they came out awesome. I think I may never buy a pretzel from the mall again.
recipe from Alton Brown, modified only for toppings.
For the Pretzels
1 1/2 cups warm (110-115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 oz unsalted butter, melted
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg beaten with one tablespoon water
For the Pretzel Toppings
pretzel salt (sea salt works fine)
coarsely chopped or crushed almonds