Homemade pretzels!

We host a small BBQ dinner last night. I don’t know why but every time I throw some dinner party I feel like I have to provide my guests we some kind of bread…one time I made the olive stuffed bread, another time the sunflower bread loaf, then the pizzi bread, the crunchy corn bread, the pesto bread and yesterday I made pretzels!

While we were bbqing we had a little misunderstanding with our neighbors. I was in the kitchen getting the last things ready, our guests were just starting arriving and my bf was out on the balcony BBQing chicken drums. Suddenly we hear firefighters and an ambulance arriving downstairs my building and 2 cops knocked at my door. I was like “what the hell is going on?”…the police officer asked us if everything was fine and if there was a fire inside the apartment. My bf and I looked at each other and said “No dude, you think if we had a fire at home we would be standing here welcoming guests and chitchatting with you?”. He laughed it out then informed us that a few neighbors reported seeing smoke coming out of our balcony and thinking we were going on fire started running outside the building screaming in fear…Then the police officer refused to leave until we were done bbqing…….

Chinese ppl always shock me by the things they are concerned about and what they are not. Like they are worried about us getting the whole building on fire by just bbqing some meat, but they seem not bothered at all by the pollution and bad air they breath everyday, by the hundreds of cigarettes they smoke or by the risk they take every time they get in car to drive somewhere as driving law here seems non existent.

Anyways, moving back to the Pretzel, this is how I made’ em and I was pretty pleased by the result!

Let me know what you think!

Ingredients (makes 10 pretzels):

  • 2/3 to 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 7 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp water
  • Pretzel salt

In a bowl of your electric mixer combine 2/3 cup of warm water, sugar, salt and yeast. Stir around

wait about 5 minutes or until mixture begins to foam

Add in flour

melted butter

and mix at low with the dough hook attachment until all ingredients are combined. Add in more water if necessary. Then change to medium speed and mix for about 5-8 minutes. The dough has to get smooth and pull away from sides of the bowl

Transfer into a well coated bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a dry and warm place for about 1 hour- 90 minutes

This is about 1h and a half later

now divide the dough into 10 small balls

roll out each ball into a long rope as thick as your pinkie finger

Shape each rope in a pretzel: make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other

Then press onto the bottom of the U


Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Bring about 7 cups of water with 1/3 cup of baking soda to a boil.

Place pretzel in boiling water, max 2 at a time, and boil for about 30 seconds

Remove’ em from water using a flat spatula, place’ em on parchment paper

Beat up one egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water and brush the pretzels with the mixture

Sprinkle the surface of each pretzel with pretzel salt

and bake at 220 C for about 10-15 min

Allow pretzel to cool down, then serve

These are best consumed the same day, so my advice is to not make them days in advanced.

Each pretzel provides:

  • Calories: 138
  • Fat:4.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.