Soft Pretzels


Jack McCarthy

We made our own pretzels on April 25th, with Han-ah and Charles being the head chefs of the day, and I must say they were quite good.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of of kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 22 ounces/4 and 12 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces of melted unsalted butter
  • 10 cups of regular water
  • 2/3 cups of baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • Pretzel salt

First, we got all the ingredients, then we combined the water sugar and kosher salt in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top of it, waiting 5 minutes to let the yeast sit and the mixture begin to foam. We then added the flour and butter into the mix, then we attached the bowl to a mixer and used a dough hook attachment on low speed to mix the ingredients. We then change the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth. We then removed the dough from the bowl, and cover said bowl with vegetable oil and put the dough back in. After that, cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place (over the stove) until it has doubled in size. We then preheat the oven to 450 °F, lining up two half-sheet pans with parchment paper and brush with oil. But we don’t use that yet, we set it aside for later. We then use 10 cups of water and the baking side and put them in a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan. We then take the dough out of the bowl and cut it into 8, 24-inch, equal pieces of rope, then use those pieces to shape them into pretzels. We then lay them out onto those half sheet pans mentioned before. We then placed the pretzels, 1 by 1, into boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove them with a spatula, and putting them back onto the half sheet pan. We would then rush each pretzel with beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle pretzel salt onto them. We then put them back in the oven to be baked until they were dark golden brown in color. Once that was done, we would put them all on a cooling rack for them to dry, and we would have pretzels to eat.

Overall, this was kind of an easy recipe, and the pretzels were good in the end.