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German Soft Pretzel Recipe (Laugenbrezel) #BreadBakers

This German Soft Pretzel recipe has that perfect pull when you bite into them and a soft and tender center. These pretzels are so good they don’t even need a dipping sauce.

Soft pretzels and a jar of mustard sit on a red checked paper napkin. A basket of pretzels sits off to the side.

I’ve made pretzels several times, but this German Soft Pretzel recipe proved to be one of the easiest, best tasting and least messy.

They are perfect for this month’s BreadBakers theme “International Breads” chosen by our host Wendy who is the creative genius behind A Day in the Life on the Farm. The only request was that we weren’t supposed to pick a recipe from our own country.

A large soft pretzel sits on a red checked paper napkin next to a spreading knife. A jar of mustard sits in the background,

When you say International Bread, that gives you so many to choose from. I believe that every country has a bread recipe that they are known for.

I also believe that some breads are made in different countries with different names but are still very similar. For example flatbread.

Flatbread could be defined as an Italian Pizza Crust, a Greek Pita, or an Indian Lachha Paratha and much more. Most are a combination of flour, water and salt rolled into a flat dough. Some are unleavened but that’s not always the case either. Perfectly clear right?

Soft pretzels and a jar of mustard sit on a red checked paper napkin. A basket of pretzels sits in the background. A spreading knife sits next to the jar.

I didn’t choose flatbread for this challenge. I chose a German Soft Pretzel Recipe also referred to as Laugenbrezel (Traditional German Pretzel).

My friend Google and I did some searching and found that somewhat true. There have been some variations but most of the pretzels still claim German heritage.

A torn open soft pretzel sits over a red checked paper napkin. A jar of mustard sits in the background.

One thing I liked about this recipe is that it went much quicker than some pretzels that I’ve made. They can also be a huge mess with boiling and baking.

These pretzels are boiled at a much gentler boil and a quick bake time which really reduced the fuss and the mess.

They’re perfect to eat as is but John liked his with some amazing French mustard my daughter brought us from France. I also used a garlic-parsley sea-salt that she also brought us from France.

Yep, I have a very generous daughter that is a talented little cook.

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Soft pretzels and a jar of mustard sit on a red checked paper napkin. A basket of pretzels sits in the background. A spreading knife sits next to the jar.
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4 from 2 votes

German Soft Pretzel Recipe

This German Soft Pretzel recipe has that perfect pull when you bite into them and a soft and tender center.  These pretzels are so good they don’t even need a dipping sauce.
Prep Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Servings 12 pretzels
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 oz instant or rapid-rise yeast packages
  • 2 tbsp Barley Malt Syrup
  • 6.5 cups bread flour I use unbleached
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt or a coarse alternative
  • 8 tbsp butter cold and diced
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pale ale beer
  • Pretzel salt for sprinkling or a coarse alternative

Instructions

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and Barley malt syrup.  Set aside and allow to proof for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • Using the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the flour and salt.  Whisk to combine.  Cut in the butter using your fingers until the butter is crumbled into the flour.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the flour/butter mixture and using the paddle attachment, mix until a shaggy dough forms and water is absorbed.
  • Change to the dough hook and mix on medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, approximately 6 minutes.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean damp towel and put it in a warm area for 2 hours or until doubled in size. I put it in my oven without turning it on.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Spray two baking sheets with non-stick spray. In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, add 8 cups of water, baking soda, dark brown sugar and beer to a boil.  Reduce heat and maintain a simmer.
  • Roll the dough out into a 14×12 inch rectangle.  Cut the dough into 1-inch strips.  I used a pizza cutter to make my cuts.
  • Roll out each strip into 30-33-inch ropes.  To form pretzels, loop a strip into a “U” and cross the ends at the bottom.  Bring the top of the “U” down the crossed pieces and pinch together.
  • Boil each pretzel separately for 30 seconds.  Remove with a slotted spatula so water drains from the pretzel and place it on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat putting 6 pretzels on each baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle each pretzel with pretzel salt.  It’s easier while they’re still wet. Bake for 5 minutes and then rotate the baking sheet.  Bake an additional 5 to 8 minutes more or until pretzels develop a dark brown color.
  • Remove pretzels to a wire cooling rack.  Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Serve with mustard, melted butter or cheese sauce.

Notes

Recipe by Olivia’s Cuisine

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 2614mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.7mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Sonia

Thursday 5th of October 2017

Hi Jess,

I still have to get my hands trained to shape pretzels, but the recipe is so tempting that I cannot wait to try them quicly. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of October 2017

Thank you for stopping by Sonia! These pretzels are very good. I will make them smaller next time though which will make them easier to handle and a better size for serving.

Pavani

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

Your pretzels look awesome Julie. Love the shape of them.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 21st of September 2017

Thank you so much, Pavani!

sharanya palanisshami

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

Pretzels looks so beautiful............

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

Thank you Sharanya!

Namita

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Hello Julie, Loved to read the write-up. Your pretzels look beautiful and delicious. You've explained the procedure so well. Never baked pretzels before. Your post prompts me to try them out soon.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Thank you so much Namita! That's why I love this bread group! It opens my eyes to so many recipes.

Mayuri Patel

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

With a German recipe, I guess beer can't be too far off :) Beautiful pretzels. I've yet to try out making pretzels at home.

Julie Menghini

Friday 15th of September 2017

Thank you, Mayuri! I think the beer contributed to the briny exterior. They were definitely delicious!