How to Make Pretzel Bread

Pretzel bread brings the best of soft pretzels to other delicious baked goods. You get a hard crunchy outer layer with a soft, fluffy interior that's tasty by itself while still going with any number of other foods. Whatever form your bread takes will be the perfect addition to any meal.

You make the dough much like you would make any other bread dough. The difference with pretzel bread, however, is the baking soda bath it gets before going in the oven. A quick dip in hot water and baking soda for less than a minute gives the bread its signature taste and texture.

Learning how to make pretzel bread is easy when you use this recipe and simple technique. You'll need about 40 minutes prep time and another hour and 20 minutes for letting the dough rise and baking it. You can get 6 burger buns or 9 dinner rolls with this recipe.

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Servings: 6-9

Prep Time: 40 mins.

Cook Time: 20 mins.

Rest Time: 1 hour

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

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To begin making pretzel bread, gather the follow ingredients & items:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups warm water (+ about ¼ cup to knead)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Spider Strainer

For the baking soda bath:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Step #2. Prepare Yeast

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Add the yeast to the warm water and mix well.

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Step #3. Mix Butter & Sugar

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Melt 1 tbsp. of butter and add it to the brown sugar, mix well. (Reserve the other tbsp. of butter.)

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Step #4. Add to Yeast Mixture

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Pour the butter and sugar mix into the yeast and water mix. Let it sit for 2 more minutes (until foamy).

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Step #5. Add Mixture to Flour

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Place the 2 cups of flour in a large bowl. Make room in the center and progressively add the yeast mixture into the middle of the flour. Add an extra 1/4 cup water to knead.

Step #6. Mix into Dough

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Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough separates from the bowl.

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Step #7. Place Dough Ball onto Floured Surface

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When it starts forming a ball, place the dough on a working surface with a little more flour.

Step #8. Knead the Dough

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Start kneading with constant movement for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is not too sticky and the texture is smooth.

Step #9. Add Salt & Continue Kneading

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Add 1 teaspoon salt and continue kneading for about 2 more minutes.

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Step #10. Let Dough Rest

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Place the dough back in the bowl (with a little more flour so it doesn’t stick). Cover it with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let it rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

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Step #11. Remove Air Bubbles

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Knead again over a working surface, removing the air pockets inside the dough.

Step #12. Form a Long Roll

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Form a long roll with the dough.

Step #13. Cut into Pieces

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Cut the roll in 9 pieces (for small buns) or in 6 pieces (for burger-size buns).

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Step #14. Form into Balls

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Take each of the pieces and form a nice round ball using your hands.

Step #15. Cut an X into Each Roll

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Use a cooking razor (or a very, very sharp knife) to cut an X over each roll.

Step #16. Cook the Rolls in a Baking Soda Bath

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Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Bring 6 cups of water and 1/4 cup of baking soda to a boil. (Use a pot with high sides because there will be some foaming action.) Add the rolls one by one and let them cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a greased pan.

Step #17. Brush Butter Over Buns

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Melt the remaining butter and brush it over the buns.

Step #18. Sprinkle With Sea Salt

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Sprinkle some sea salt over the buns.

Step #19. Bake for 20 Minutes

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Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes (until they are a nice brown color).

Step #20. Serve & Enjoy

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This pretzel bread recipe gives you the basics. If you want to change things up, you can take it in any direction you like. You can divide the dough into smaller pieces to make pretzel bites. You can keep the dough together and create a loaf of pretzel bread for slicing and adding to a tasty sandwich.

Like soft pretzels, this bread goes well with a number of dipping sauces. Beer cheese is a classic. Honey mustard will give you tang and sweetness in a single bite. Flavored cream cheese, ranch dressing, and nacho cheese are great easy-to-make party options.

Salt isn't the only thing you can top pretzel bread with. Cinnamon and sugar on the bun offer a sweet treat while melted chocolate brings a luscious flavor. Parmesan cheese is an easy mix with salt. Try mixing your favorite cheese with pepperoni, jalapenos, or bacon for a complete taste sensation.

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Pretzel Bread

Pretzel bread brings the best of soft pretzels to other delicious baked goods. You get a hard crunchy outer layer with a soft, fluffy interior that's tasty by itself while still going with any number of other foods. Whatever form your bread takes will be the perfect addition to any meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 9 buns
Calories 136kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water, + about ¼ cup to knead
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

For the Baking Soda Bath:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Instructions

  • Add the yeast to the warm water and mix well.
    Adding yeast to water in a bowl.
  • Melt 1 tbsp. of butter and add it to the brown sugar, mix well. (Reserve the other tbsp. of butter.)
    Pouring melted butter into bowl.
  • Pour the butter and sugar mix into the yeast and water mix. Let it sit for 2 more minutes (until foamy).
    Mixing yeast with butter mix.
  • Place the 2 cups of flour in a large bowl. Make room in the center and progressively add the yeast mixture into the middle of the flour. Add an extra 1/4 cup water to knead.
    Pouring yeast mix into flour.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough separates from the bowl.
    Mixing yeast and flour.
  • When it starts forming a ball, place the dough on a working surface with a little more flour.
    Floured surface with dough.
  • Start kneading with constant movement for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is not too sticky and the texture is smooth.
    Hands mixing dough on floured surface.
  • Add the salt and continue kneading for about 2 more minutes.
    Adding salt to dough on floured surface.
  • Place the dough back in the bowl (with a little more flour so it doesn’t stick). Cover it with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let it rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
    Covering dough in bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Knead again over a working surface, removing the air pockets inside the dough.
    Dough on floured surface.
  • Form a long roll with the dough.
    Dough formed into a long roll on floured surface.
  • Cut the roll in 9 pieces (for small buns) or in 6 pieces (for burger-size buns).
    Cutting roll in half on floured surface.
  • Take each of the pieces and form a nice round ball using your hands.
    Rolling dough pieces into balls.
  • Use a cooking razor (or a very, very sharp knife) to cut an X over each roll.
    Using a razor to cut an x into the rolls.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Bring 6 cups of water and 1/4 cup of baking soda to a boil. (Use a pot with high sides because there will be some foaming action.) Add the rolls one by one and let them cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a greased pan.
    Boiling a dough ball in pot of boiling water.
  • Melt the remaining butter and brush it over the buns.
    Brushing butter mix on top of the rolls on a pan.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt over the buns.
    Sprinkling salt onto rolls on a pan.
  • Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes (until they are a nice brown color).
    Baked pretzel rolls on a pan.
  • Serve and enjoy.
    Pretzel rolls on a serving platter, one in a hand.
Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It does not include toppings.

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How to Make Pretzel Bread

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