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Homemade Soft Pretzels (No Knead, No Machine Recipe)

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Learn how to make my Homemade Soft Pretzels recipe with my favorite no-knead, no-machine method!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Since I received my pizza oven from Italy, I have been doing a lot of bread making. Something that you have requested a lot is a great recipe for soft pretzels. I tried a few for you and I found this was the best. One huge thing for me is that it is a No-Knead Dough, so you get a great result with little work.

What is a No-Knead Dough?? It is a dough that you don’t need a machine for. You mix the dough by hand and you let the dough proof and ferment overnight.  You get great flavor and texture from the fermenting that I personally have not been able to achieve on a machine. It is my favorite method for bread making because it takes the guess work out of creating amazing doughs.

I have made many No-Knead Doughs on Bigger Bolder Baking, like my amazing  No Knead Cinnamon Rolls and No Knead Brioche Dough.

This is another recipe where I used my Alfa Pizza Wood-Fired Oven just like my Chocolate Dulce de Leche Empanadas. The results are so lovely and you can’t beat the feeling of making breads/doughs outdoors! So let’s get baking!

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As a bread baker I am obsessed with bread making. If you are a little weary of failing when it comes to dough, don’t be. This method of making doughs will make you feel like a professional once you see the results.

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Homemade Soft Pretzels (No Knead, No Machine Recipe)

4.51 from 112 votes
Learn how to make my Homemade Soft Pretzels recipe with my favorite no-knead, no-machine method!
Author: adapted from https://nokneadbreadcentral.com
Servings: 9
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Learn how to make my Homemade Soft Pretzels recipe with my favorite no-knead, no-machine method!
Author: adapted from https://nokneadbreadcentral.com
Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (42Og/ 15oz) strong flour/ bread flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp yeast (I used active dried yeast)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 10 ½ ounces water
  • To poach the pretzels : 6 cups (1 1/2 litre) water
  • 6 tsp baking soda
  • egg wash
  • salt
  • melted butter , to brush pretzels

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add in the flour.
  • Put yeast on one side of the bowl and salt and sugar on the side of the bowl.If you add the salt on top of the yeast it will deactivate that yeast and your dough will not rise.
  • Add in water and mix to form a dough. That's it, your dough is done!
  • Wrap the bowl tight with film wrap and lay a bowl over it. Put it in a dry place at room temp and leave overnight. A minimum of 12 hours, but up to 18 hours and let time do its magic. I do 18 hours 🙂
  • The next day your dough will smell boozy and bubbling. It is pretty incredible.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and divide into 9 balls and let it and relax for 2 minutes
  • To shape: take each piece of dough and begin rolling them on the counter. Bang the dough on the counter like I do in the video and they will just naturally get longer and longer. Keep going until you reach 24 inches (60 cm). Twist the ends of the dough and press onto the the opposite sides of the pretzel.
  • Put straight into boiling water with baking soda and poach for JUST 30 seconds, then place on a baking tray. This boiling step is the secret to firm skin and adds that definite pretzel flavor.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Bake 450oF (225oC) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!!!!

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 4
WW PlusPoints: 4
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Soft Pretzels (No Knead, No Machine Recipe)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Sodium 258mg11%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Some fun variations for this dough:

Pretzel knots

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A fun variation for your pretzel dough is to make some pretzel knots. Rather then shape like a pretzels knot the dough like you would a pice of string. I sprinkled mine with fresh rosemary and served with mustard sauce.

Cinnamon Pretzels

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I love these little cinnamon treats. I just cut the dough into small pieces and once baked I brushed with butter and tossed them in cinnamon sugar with a little pinch of salt. The reason there are only a few in the bowl is because I ate them while taking photos, lol.

 

 

 

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MrsLala
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MrsLala
1 month ago

I made these yesterday after proofing the dough for 16 hours and they turned out perfectly. My husband says they taste just like the ones you buy. Will definitely be making this again. Thank yo so much for such an easy to follow recipe. I only came across your page after finding you on YouTube last week looking for an easy dough recipe. I’m a subscriber now. Thank you so much.

Alahna
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Alahna
5 months ago

I have some recommendations for this recipe for people who have issues with the texture. I made these twice and the first time I really didn’t like the texture, they tasted good at first but after a few bites it did taste a bit off. The second time I made it however it was fantastic. I didn’t really make changes to the recipe I just was careful with some things. 1) I used instant yeast instead of active dry. 2) I added the water slowly instead of all at once watching the texture develop in my dough as I mixed… Read more »

Raeesah
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Raeesah
5 months ago

Hi Gemma! This recipe looks great and I made it a few years ago, and as the flour here in the UK is different it didn’t turn out right but I want to try it again. Will probably use strong white flour instead of plain flour this time round. Was wondering if I could use instant yeast as that’s more of a staple here and if so how much would I use?

Bella
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Bella
11 days ago

Thank you for this recipe Gemma. I’ve been making no-knead pizza dough using a 72 hour cold proof with wonderful flavor as a result. Do you think that might be worth trying for the pretzels or is 18 hours pretty much the limit here?

Manal
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Manal
15 days ago

Hi , I tried the recipe today it did brown enough after 15 minutes so I left it in the oven for longer time but it came out crispy and it tasted like what a soda cracker would be 😂… I will try it again but what should I do differently next time

Cammy
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Cammy
1 month ago

When do you use the butter and also next time I make them I’ll use parchment paper or something because they all stuck to the pan and I had a terrible time getting them up. Every pretzel was damaged.

katja-gb
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katja-gb
1 month ago

been meaning to bake pretzels for ages. finally did it with this recipe and am happy with the result! amazing taste and easy to make. used the dry yeast i had in the cupboard and rounded the flour up to 500 gr, just added some more water until the dough felt right.
thanks gemma 😊

Mandy
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Mandy
1 month ago

First time making these pretzels or any pretzels and they turned out great! Let the dough rest 14 hours. Thanks for the recipe!

Namratha Krishnan
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Namratha Krishnan
1 month ago

Perfect, super simple recipe. Tried it out today and it turned out amazing!

Kate
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Kate
2 months ago

Tried it and loved it! The dough is so easy to work with! I didn’t have enough baking soda so i think it didn’t manage to really develop a skin but still a success! I’m from Singapore, a humid and hot country and i left it to rise overnight for about 19 hours and it was still perfect.

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