Making your own soft pretzels at home is not as difficult as you might think! This recipe is a vegan snacking staple for kids and adults, perfect for movie nights, after school snacks and parties. Feel free to sprinkle your pretzels with spices, sugar, or nutritional yeast for different pretzel variations!
Makes 8 pretzels.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar, agitating until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly. Add the flour gradually until forming a soft dough that is neither sticky nor dry, adding extra flour if necessary. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead until elastic and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet and set aside.
- Bring the 7 cups of water and baking soda to a rolling boil in a medium-large saucepan over medium-high heat. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a clean work surface. Separate the dough into 8 pieces and roll each into a rope about 1/2" thick. Twist the ropes into pretzel shapes, securing both of the ends on the base of the pretzel.
- Drop 1 pretzel at a time into the boiling water. Boil for about 30 seconds, remove using a slotted spoon and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this until all of your pretzels have been boiled. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake until golden brown, about 11-12 minutes. Allow pretzels to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.