In an effort to introduce something different for my daughter’s school lunch I tried out this recipe for soft pretzels a few weeks ago. I’ve made them three more times since. She was stuck on having a marshmallow fluff sandwich on wheat bread for so long and now all of sudden she’s stuck on having a soft pretzel in her lunch. The kids love rolling out the dough and shaping them into pretzels.
(adapted from King Arthur’s Flour)
For the dough:
- 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup spelt flour (or King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour)
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 cup water
For the topping:
- 3 Tbsp water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- coarse salt
Mix and knead the dough ingredients together—by hand, mixer, or machine—till the dough is cohesive and fairly smooth. It should be slightly sticky; if it seems dry, sprinkle it with a tablespoon or two of water. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes
Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased work surface, fold it over a few times to gently deflate it, then divide it into six pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope.
In a shallow bowl, mix together the water, sugar and baking soda. Shape each rope into a pretzel, and dip in the baking soda solution; this will help the pretzels brown.
Sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Packing my daughter’s lunch couldn’t be easier. We just wrap up a pretzel in her Wrap-N-Mat, throw in an apple, and some water and she’s good to go. The Wrap-N-Mat is a great solution to replace plastic sandwich baggies. We’ve been using the same one for 3 years and it’s still as good as new.
My son declared that he didn’t like soft pretzels the first time I made them and refused to try them. The second time I asked him to help me and he was more interested and changed his mind. By the third batch I had to fend him off so my daughter would have some left for her lunches. He rates the soft pretzels four stars.
I agree with K’s rating. These are delicious fresh from the oven. I like them as pretzel bites by cutting the dough into bite-size pieces before baking. What a great appetizer that would be for guests!