Everything Soft Pretzels

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Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything bagels are my everything; hence the reason why I figured it’d be a slam dunk of an idea to put that everything topping on soft pretzels. It’s like one of those duh-this-will-taste-good-moments. I’m not sure I can properly express my excitement for this recipe because if you can’t sense it then I’m doing a v v bad job articulating how freaking excited I am!

Some people are sesame bagel people. Some people are asiago bagel people. But then…there are everything bagel people and that is where I fit in. My home belongs in between the poppy seeds and the onion flakes and the sesame. It’s a glorious place to be that makes your mouth smell terribly and there’s a good chance you’ll have dark seeds stuck in your teeth but whatever! Basically, everything bagels aren’t first date material. But they’re good life material.

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

I like to stick this recipe in the weekend category of recipe-making. They take a bit of time, patience but luckily for all of us, very little skill.

You just have to read the directions a bit and make sure the yeast has proofed; it helps that temperatures are getting warmer.

Forming pretzels aren’t too tough either (I used this video from like the 1970s as a good guide since I wasn’t completely sure).

Now, what to eat these with…

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

I’m not gonna lie, I thought it’d be an awesome idea to beat together softened whipped cream and mustard to make a spicy cream cheese. I showed it to Josh and he thought it was the most repulsive-looking thing in the entire world and nixed the idea, but friends, it was SO good. It did look a little unappetizing but who cares. Whatever!

I also ate one with normal cream cheese. Also awesome. But when it comes to pretzels, especially soft warm ones, whole-grain mustard always wins. Always.

Enjoy them how you like, but please promise that you’ll make them. They’re important!

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 8 Pretzels

Serving Size: 8 (Even though I ate like two pretzels soo...)

Everything Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

    Everything topping:
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garlic flakes
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon large flaked sea salt, such as Maldon
  • Soft Pretzels:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 scant tablespoon active dry yeast (from one packet) or 7g or 1/4 ounce
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Egg Wash:
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, in a small bowl

Directions

  1. To make the everything mixture, add all of the everything ingredients to a small bowl and mix. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, set over medium high heat, combine the water, honey and salt; stir until the honey has dissolved and the water reads a temperature of 110 degrees F (if you don’t have a thermometer, the water should be warm to the touch—not hot!). Turn off the heat and sprinkle the active dry yeast atop the water mixture and allow to stand until foamy, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the dough hook attached. With the mixer running, pour in the melted butter and slowly add the flour, about 1 cup at a time (you can eye ball this), until combined. Turn the mixer to medium speed and knead the dough until it’s smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 5 minutes. Rub the inside of a clean bowl with a teaspoon of oil. Transfer the dough to the oiled bowl and cover with a damp clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour, until it’s doubled in size.
  4. In a dutch oven or large pot, pour in the 8 cups of water and baking soda; bring the water to a rolling boil and then immediately turn it down to medium low heat.
  5. Meanwhile, let’s shape the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 22-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Reference the photos in the post for some additional help. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drop the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for about 30 seconds each. Remove from the water using a spider strainer or a large flat spatula. Return the pretzels to the baking sheet. Brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash and sprinkle with the everything mixture. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly and serve. I love a warm pretzel!

Notes

If you're LA-based, you can find onion flakes and garlic flakes at The Spice Station. If you're having trouble finding them, you can always add garlic powder and onion powder.

Pretzel dough recipe adapted from Alton Brown's.

http://acozykitchen.com/everything-soft-pretzels/

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 20, 2015 at 9:42 am

Whoa, random! I have plans to make soft pretzels this weekend…and I guess I need to buy some sesame seeds!! These look delicious.

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

Doooo it! The topping mixture is so good. I swear now I want to put it on EVERYTHING!

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Emily Jetland March 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

OMG these pretzels look A-MAZING!!! My favorite bagel is the everything bagel, so I know I will love this!!!

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

You are an everything bagel person!

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker March 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

I really wish my pretzel would come out so neat and even like yours! Whether it is twisted or round, the chewy texture and the crusted seedy topping is why I come back everytime :)

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Oh Happy Dane March 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Uhh.. I NEED to learn how to master that!!!!

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Stefanie March 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Why don’t they sell this everything seasoning in the store? My pretzels are always misshapen! I gotta keep at it.

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Seriously it should be something everyone has in their cupboard because it’s good on all sorts of stuff!

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Honora March 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I can never manage to not eat each and every one!

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

The reason why the final shot doesn’t have as many as the recipe yields is bc WE ATE THEM!

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Christy March 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Adrianna, these look yummy! Do you take the water off of the heat source once you’ve added the dry yeast? Or does it get “foamy” while on the burner? THANKS!

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Good point! Ah! It needs to be taken off the heat. Adding that now.

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S Lauren | Modern Granola March 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Woah, these look so good! Thanks for the helpful step-by-step photos, those are awesome! This is such a brilliant idea.

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Holly Henderson March 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

It might be how the page is loading on my phone, but the ingredient that’s just below 4 tbsp butter reads “2 tsp”… what? What could it be?!

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Ahhh! Typo. Fixed now. Thank you!

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Holly Henderson March 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Thanks! These look amazing.

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Billy March 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I’m really hoping there were zero of these in your house last night and that’s why I didn’t get one.

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Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

They were all gone! :( I wouldn’t do that to you!

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Billy March 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I believe u.

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Lisa | veryEATalian March 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

OMG, these are so cute!! I must try this recipe. I’m definitely an everything bagel kinda girl too. :-)

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Motte March 21, 2015 at 3:27 am

Well don’t these look fabulous! The rich color, the delicious toppings… I HAVE to copy these and cannot wait! Thank you for sharing! x Motte
http://mottesblog.blogspot.com/

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Ellie March 21, 2015 at 4:50 am

I’ve never tired making pretzels but I want to give it a go. It looks like fun and they’re so pretty.

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Cristina March 21, 2015 at 5:45 am

Wow those pretzels look so delicious! I too am an everything bagel person! This may have to happen this weekend!

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Rose March 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

I need to make these. These look so so good! Do you think it would work without a mixer? Yumyum!

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

Yes you absolutely can! You’ll need to knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes.

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sharculese March 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

I make pretzels without a mixer all the time. It’s perfectly doable.

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kslots March 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Mid-production and can’t wait to taste the final result! What temperature should they be baked at?

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

350 degrees F! Change made, sorry girlfriend!

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kslots March 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

All good! I guessed 350 and they turned out amazeballs. Perfect for the snowy day we’re having here. Sidenote: WHY IS IT STILL SNOWING?!?!?

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

VERY RUDE, SNOW! Hoping this carb situation helps with the snow! x

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sharculese March 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Looks fantastic. I have try this topping next time I’m making pretzels.

Have you ever tried incorporating wheat flour into your pretzel dough? I did it on a whim one time because I didn’t have as much white flour as I thought I did and ended up really loving the flavor it adds.

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I haven’t but I can imagine it being super awesome. Lately I’ve been having rye pretzel dreams topped with caraway seeds!

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Kari March 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Yummy! What a great combination!
Kari
http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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Kate March 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Die-hard everything bagel fan here. I scrape up all the goodness that falls off during eating and put it on the second half (or on the cream cheese if I’m having it). These look fantastic, and thanks for the step shots for twisting. How are these different than if lye were used? They still look nice and dark on the outside…

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 7:17 pm

I talk about baking with my friend Hourie a lot and lye is apparently THE only way to get that wonderful crunchy outside. These are softer. Lye is a bit tough to use in the home, there are some precautions that you need to keep in mind. But you can totally do it. I hear you can buy lye on Amazon in a super small quantity.

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Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Here’s the food grade lye. I’m super curious to try it actually! Maybe that’ll be my upcoming project and I’ll update this recipe if I do!

http://www.amazon.com/Grade-Sodium-Hydroxide-Micro-Beads/dp/B001EDBEZM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426990853&sr=8-1&keywords=lye+bagels

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Kate March 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Thanks! So far the lye concerns have kept us from making any kind pretzels, but I love a good soft pretzel w/ hot mustard (and beer). The everything bagel toppings make this recipe irresistible. Making these in a couple weeks when we have spring break and I have the time to do it!
I’d love to hear how they turn out w/ lye if you or commenters try!

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T108 March 22, 2015 at 6:12 am

This looks amazing.. Is it really a 1/2 cup baking soda? U usually put a spoon or so right?

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Adrianna Adarme March 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

1/2 cup is right. I’ve never made pretzels (or seen a recipe) that uses only a spoonful.

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Mollie March 22, 2015 at 8:59 am

This seriously made me drool!!! Yum!

Mollie
http://www.molliebellezza.com

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Stacey March 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

“Everything” is my favorite flavor, but why must it be soooooo messy?! I treat myself to an everything bagel for breakfast every Friday and I’m prettttttty sure that Everything Bagels should actually be called F&*%ING CRUMBS EVERYWHERE Bagels. Crumbs all over my desk? Yup! Finding poppy and sesame seeds in your bra later? Of course! These are definitely within my baking wheelhouse…pretzel-making seems much more approachable than bagel-making, and your recipes always make the beautifully impossible seem possible. Thanks!

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Kendra March 23, 2015 at 1:46 am

i love that it says “serving size: 8″
That sounds about right to me!!!

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Sara @ Cake Over Steak March 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

Ah yes, I heard you talk about these on that podcast and I was so excited for the recipe. I haven’t made soft pretzels at home yet, and the question is WHY NOT?!

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Mary @chattavore March 28, 2015 at 8:28 am

I grew up in Tennessee in the eighties, and bagels weren’t much of a thing beyond the Lender’s in the frozen section. It wasn’t until college when I started working at a bagel shop that opened in my hometown in the mid-nineties that I experienced an “everything bagel” (though we called it “mish-mosh” for whatever reason), and I fell in love. Soft pretzels are one of my favorite things. These look amazing!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Ever since I last made homemade soft pretzels my friends have been requesting them to reappear. I may have to make them with everything bagel topping, what a great idea!

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