Hard Pretzels

Homemade Hard Pretzels. Easy and fun to eat!

Hard Pretzels Recipe

I must admit.

Hard Pretzels are pretty adorable.

After my stint with Soft Pretzels back in March, these were a breeze to make.

HARD PRETZELS RECIPE

You’ll need –
Hard Pretzels Recipe | How to make Hard Pretzel at home

To warm water add sugar and yeast and let it rest for 2 minutes
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Mix together flour, salt.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Add the yeast mixture to the flour
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Knead to a smooth & elastic dough
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Place in an oiled bowl
Hard Pretzels Recipe

and let it rise for 1-2 hours.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Punch it down and roll it out a bit.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Cut equal sized small pieces (pillows) of dough.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Roll out each piece of dough to a thin, long rope.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Take one end of the rope and bring it to the center
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Take the other end of the rope and bring it across the first end.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Press the ends tightly on the dough rope to seal them.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Alternatively, just roll out a long rope and cut into equally sized sticks.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Place all the pretzels on a baking sheet.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F . Bring a pot of water to boil and dissolve some baking soda in it.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Take each piece of pretzels on a slotted spoon..
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Gently place it into the hot water and hold..
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

till it drops into the water.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Let it boil for 10-20 seconds or until it starts to float
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Remove with a slotted spoon.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Place each “cooked” Pretzel back to the same baking sheet.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

You can sprinkle salt over it. Since I wanted to make a sweet pretzel, I used Brown Sugar (regular sugar is fine too)
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Brush each pretzel with melted butter or egg wash and sprinkle some brown sugar on it.
How to make Hard Pretzel at home

Bake in a preheated oven 180 C for 40 minutes or until the pretzels are hard and crunchy. (Bake for 30 minutes for a softer, chewier version of the Hard Pretzels)
Hard Pretzels Recipe

Let it cool for a bit and remove the pretzels. Eat warm or cold with any dipping of your choice.
Hard Pretzels Recipe

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Serves: 20-25 mini Pretzels or Pretzel Sticks
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Warm Water
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Instant Yeast * (Note 1)
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ⅓ teaspoon Salt
For Baking Soda Bath
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Others
  • Melted Butter or Egg Wash (for brushing on the Pretzels)
  • Rock Salt or Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar (for sprinkling on the Pretzels)
Note
  • Or use ¾ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast. When adding yeast to warm water, wait for 3-4 minutes for it to bubble up before adding to flour
Instructions
  1. To warm water add sugar and yeast and let it rest for 2 minutes. (If using active dry yeast, make sure the mixture bubbles)
  2. Mix together flour, salt.
  3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour
  4. Knead to a smooth & elastic dough
  5. Place in an oiled bowl and let it rise for 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in volume.
  6. Punch it down and roll it out to a log. Cut equal sized small pieces (pillows) of dough.
  7. Roll out each piece of dough to a thin, long rope.
  8. Take one end of the rope and bring it to the center. Take the other end of the rope and bring it across the first end. Press the ends tightly on the dough rope to seal them.
  9. Alternatively, just roll out a long rope and cut into equally sized sticks.
  10. Place all the pretzels on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
  11. Bring a pot of water to boil and dissolve some baking soda in it.
  12. Take each piece of pretzels on a slotted spoon. Gently place it into the hot water and hold till it drops into the water. Let it boil for 10-20 seconds or until it starts to float. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  13. Place each "cooked" Pretzel back to the same baking sheet.
  14. Brush each pretzel with melted butter or egg wash and sprinkle some brown sugar or Rock Salt on it.
  15. Bake in a preheated oven 180 C for 40 minutes or until the pretzels are hard and crunchy. (Bake for 30 minutes for a softer, chewier version of the Hard Pretzels)
  16. Let it cool for a bit and remove the pretzels. Eat warm or cold with any dipping of your choice.

 

6 thoughts on “Hard Pretzels

  1. We tried this recipe, surprisingly it had a fantastic taste, but what a time consuming ordeal to produce a very small amount of pretzels. I can buy a bag of these for about $1.00 a pound, much cheaper then making these. I tried to adjust the recipe to make larger pretzels with no success whatsoever. Again, the taste was right, the crispness as well, but regardless of how we altered the recipe and times, the pretzels always came uncooked in the middle. Even trying to place them in the oven several times and waiting on them to cool and doing it again for about 10 minutes. My wife is a very experienced cook/baker but she could not save this recipe. Eventually we had to give up, after attempting this recipe at least 10 times.
    Our search for a gr8 will continue, as we both really love a salted hard pretzel.

    • Dear Freddy,

      Yep, this is a bit labor intensive! :) But for people who don’t have access to that $1 bag of pretzels, this will be of great help, no? I live in India and the only time I’ve had pretzels (and loved them) was when a friend from US bought them for me. And those pretzels were all tiny, which is why I tried to make them tiny too. I’ve tried larger (softer) pretzels. But never the hard ones in a bigger size. I’m not sure why the pretzels were uncooked. That has never happened to me. Did you face the problem only while make bigger sized pretzels?

      Good luck on your recipe search! If you do come across a recipe that works better, do let me know! I’d love to give that a try as well…!

    • Hi and thanx for your reply. Yes, I only tried to make the pretzels larger then what you mention, and several times had the same problem. I am working on a recipe now to make the ones I enjoy and if successful, I will see that you get a copy. I grew up in northeastern US and we alway had these available. My daughter has sent packages of them to me countless times, but regardless of how well she packs them, the post office always manages to knock all of the salt off, thus ruining them.
      Thanx again, Freddy

  2. You have explained the whole recipe with pictures really well. When I read the other recipes for the same item, I was completely put off and thought it would be difficult to attempt it but now that I have read yours, I am definitely going to try your recipe out. Thanks for sharing.Will definitely be trying out your other recipes too. All the best.

    • yeah.. me too.. i’d love to try your recipe.. other people just put their recipe without picture.. i can’t picture it how’s it going..

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