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Hot Buttered Pretzels

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Hello all,


I made these today, with my kids, and they were SO easy, and SO yummy! I calculate them at 4 points each, but I used ICNBIB spray instead of butter afterwards, so it is probably more like 3 points each for mine. The directions might seem complicated, but the recipe is not. I used my hand-mixer and kneaded them for 5 minutes. Believe me, I like to cook, but not to bake, and these were simple!







Hot Buttered Pretzels

(King Arthur Flour Website)

Servings: 8

Pretzels are available crisp and hard from your grocery or, if you're lucky and in the right place, soft and chewy from street vendors. Our recipe is for the soft, chewy kind.




2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons regular instant yeast

7/8 to 1 cup warm water*



1/2 cup warm water

2 tablespoons baking soda

coarse, kosher or pretzel salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted



*Use the greater amount in the winter, the lesser amount in the summer, and somewhere in between in the spring and fall. Your goal is a soft dough.


Food Processor Method: Place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in the work bowl of a food processor equipped with the steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the water, and process for 7 to 10 seconds, until the dough starts to clear the sides of the bowl. Process a further 45 seconds. Place a handful of flour in a bowl, scoop the slack dough into the bowl, and shape the dough into a ball, coating it with the flour. Transfer the dough to a plastic bag, close the bag loosely, leaving room for the dough to expand, and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.


Bread Machine Method: Place all of the dough ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for Dough or Manual, and press Start. Allow the dough to proceed through its two kneading cycles, then cancel the machine, flour the dough, and give it a rest in a plastic bag, as instructed above.


Manual/Mixer Method: Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl, and beat till well-combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, till it's soft, smooth, and quite slack. Flour the dough and place it in a bag, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.


Preheat your oven to 500°F. Prepare two baking sheets by spraying them with vegetable oil spray, or lining them with parchment paper.


Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into eight equal pieces (about 70g, or 2 1/2 ounces, each). Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. While the dough is resting, combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda, and place it in a shallow bowl. Make sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved; if it isn't, it'll make your pretzels splotchy.


Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28 to 30 inches long), and twist each rope into a pretzel, as illustrated. Dip each pretzel in the baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color), and place them on the baking sheets. Sprinkle them lightly with coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.


Bake the pretzels for 8 to 9 minutes, or until they're golden brown, reversing the baking sheets halfway through.


Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Keep brushing the butter on until you've used it all up; it may seem like a lot, but that's what gives these pretzels their ethereal taste. Eat the pretzels warm, or reheat them in an oven or microwave.


Yield: 8 pretzels.


Nutrition information per serving (1 pretzel, 85g): 171 cal, 4.7g fat, 4g protein, 27g complex carbohydrates, 1g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 12mg cholesterol, 444mg sodium, 63mg potassium, 43RE vitamin A, 2mg iron, 66mg calcium, 44mg phosphorus



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These sound really good, and a fun activity with the dd's..I can't wait to try these...:bcb_up

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My daughter goes to the mall once a week or maybe twice just to get a hot soft pretzel. I must try this and i know she'll like it.



thanks for the recipe.





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