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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Soft Pretzels - Martha Mondays

It was my choice for Martha Mondays and I usually pick something that I have been wanting to make and see if Martha has a good recipe for it. With it being Super Bowl weekend this time I was looking for a snack, so I chose soft pretzels. I and went through Martha's recipes and this one seemed easy and a different way to make them. You boiled them first like you would if making bagels. I also thought by cutting in the butter like she had you do was a good idea to make them flaky.

Well this is why I don't bake!! Mine didn't turn out. They tasted good, but were not very pretty.

Soft Pretzels - Martha Stewart Living

2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast (1/4 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Vegetable oil, for baking sheets
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon pretzel salt
Assorted mustards, for serving
1.Mix yeast, coarse salt, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, whisking until sugar dissolves. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
2.Mix flour and cayenne in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3.Slowly pour yeast mixture over flour mixture, stirring to combine. Using your hands, gather dough together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until it is no longer sticky, about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic, and let rise for 30 minutes.
4.Cut dough into 12 pieces, and roll each into an 18-inch rope. Form a U shape with 1 rope, and twist ends together twice. Fold twisted portion backward along center of U shape to form a circle, then gently press ends of rope onto dough to seal. Transfer to an oiled baking sheet, and repeat. Let rise for 20 minutes.
5.Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add baking soda. Boil pretzels in batches until puffed and slightly shiny, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to wire racks to drain. Return to baking sheet, sprinkle with pretzel salt, and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Pretzels will keep, uncovered, at room temperature for up to 12 hours. Rewarm in a 250-degree oven if desired, and serve with mustards.

Okay I think I got the rolling and the twist down pat...

...then bring it over to the top and gently press dough together

placed on an oiled baking this is one area I was unsure of...I oiled my stoneware pan and I usually don't have to, but I followed the directions to a T...

let the rest and rise for 20 minutes...

...after boiling them for a minute or two per side is where it really didn't work or look pretty after's like they deflated after I scooped them out of the water and set them on a wire rack to drain....then back on the oiled backing sheet.

The next part was also a fail...after baking for at the right temperature for the right amount of time....they stuck to the pan. I can't believe it!!! nothing sticks to my stoneware baking pans and I usually don't oil them and things don't stick!!! I even oiled them and it stuck! Go figure!

Here are my little flawed gems...the broken torn ones on the bottom. I made some plan...

...and made some with black and white sesame seeds, garlic and salt (I keep that blend in a jar on the counter and use it often) might call it an everything pretzel...only I forgot the poppy seeds. It even stuck to the pizza stone :(

Next time I will roll them into thinner strips so the pretzels won't be so puffy when the rise.

If you want to see a successful Martha Monday soft pretzel check out Brette's on her Martha and Me blog.
and be sure to check out Pru's pretzels and she's never even tried one before Perfecting Pru blog.


  1. I like pretzel but never tried to make this at home. Thanks for the sharing the recipe, bookmarking it :)

  2. I'm sorry I missed this MM recipe because I have never made pretzels. I could go for a big soft pretzel right now!

  3. I have often looked at these and now here you are with the recipe an pictures; perfection!

  4. Well I've never tried to make pretzels, so I think yours look pretty amazing.

  5. They are gorgeous, did not know they were boiled like bagels too.

  6. I think these look great - not sure why you are disappointed! Yours are prettier than mine. I used my airbake sheets with silicone liners and had no problems with sticking, but I think they are pretty sticky. I've always boiled pretzels before baking - didn't even know there were recipes where you didn't!

  7. I love soft pretzels, but have never attempted to make them. Your turned out really nice, Lindsey. I can imagine how yummy they were!

  8. I am sure they tasted good even though they are not as pretty as you had hope for. I have never made pretzels at home and did not realize they have to be boiled first. Will have to give it a try one of these days.

  9. Still look delicious, I am sure they are delicious!

  10. Pretzels is something that I have long to try at making! I have always seen other recipes that calls for lots of baking soda, and yours seem perfect with only 3 tablespoons! Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day!

  11. Think I will just go and buy some LOL. Diane

  12. I think the motto for all bloggers should be...

    "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett

    It is the nature of cooking. I am so happy they taste great! I have yet to make pretzels. I may give it a try soon.

  13. You tried your best. That's good enough! My last batch of soft pretzels were bad......but I'll try again. Stay well

  14. They still look pretty darn delicious to me! I wouldn't hesitate to eat one - especially covered with seeds and garlic like an everything bagel. So yummy.

  15. i never knew that they have to go thru the boiing part. Strange, me too wondered why it got stuck in your pan..

  16. Aww ... never mind. I'll bet they taste great tho. They sure look pretty tasty to me! All the more reason to make somemore! :D I've never made them before. Now I'm wondering if I should attempt it. Gotta try at least once, right?

  17. Never tried this before but yours turned out fabulous with nice golden color!

  18. My son would love this! Just love it. Thanks for sharing.


  19. Those soft pretzels look delicious!

  20. The method you're using sounded like making bagels. Yeah, me too...wonder why is it turn shrinkage after boiling!

  21. I don't know they look awfully good to me! I have wanted to try pretzels but have not gotten around to it. I think these would be gone in a snap at my house :)

  22. flawed gems! Love it! I might have to steal that th describe some of my baking!

  23. Very nice homemade pretzels! I like that you put black sesame seeds. So Asian flavors~ Can't find black sesame ones in store. ;-)


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