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Homemade Soft Pretzels (No Knead, No Machine Recipe)
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!

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 152 kcal
Author: adapted from https://nokneadbreadcentral.com
  • 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 (2 level tablespoons) baking soda
  • egg wash
  • salt
  • melted butter , to brush pretzels
  1. In a large bowl add in the flour.
  2. 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.

  3. Add in water and mix to form a dough. That's it, your dough is done!
  4. 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 :)

  5. The next day your dough will smell boozy and bubbling. It is pretty incredible.

  6. Turn out onto a floured surface and divide into 9 balls and let it and relax for 2 minutes
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt
  10. Bake 450oF (225oC) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!!!!

Watch the Recipe Video!

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.