Pizza-Style Soft Pretzel Recipe

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Pizza Style Soft Homemade Pretzels

If you can't eat all eight pretzels, wrap them in cling film, then tin foil and freeze for another day. Or you can store them in a ziplock baggie on the counter for a day or two. They are absolutely delicious fresh though, and totally beat out any store bought pizza pretzel I've ever had.


1 Tbsp sugar
1 package of rapid rise yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups all purpose white flour
2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
coarse salt
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup pizza sauce

  In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, and yeast. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of warm water, stirring until it forms a ragged dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for about 8 minutes. The dough will be a bit sticky still. I used my mixer with a dough hook for this step, which was great. You can do that too.

  Coat the inside of a large, clean bowl with some olive oil and place in the dough, turning to coat all over. Cover and set aside to rise until double in size for 45 minutes.

  Punch down the dough to get rid of some of the air bubbles. Cut (don't rip) the dough into 8 equal portions, and roll each out into a long, thin log about 24 inches long. Twist each into a pretzel shape. Set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

  Let rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, get a big pot of water boiling on the stove and turn the oven on to 425 F.

  Boil each pretzel for 3 minutes per side, flipping over after 1 1/2 minutes. Removed from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. They do puff up nicely, and I did 2 pretzels at a time. When all the pretzels are finished, brush them with the beaten egg. If you plan to make plain soft pretzels, sprinkle them lightly with coarse salt and bake for 30-35 minutes.

  For pizza pretzels, brush lightly with the egg wash, omit the salt, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and smear the tops with pizza sauce, then sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Return the pretzels to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm.

Makes 8

Adapted From A Peek Inside The Fishbowl

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