I love to find any sort of recipe that I can utilize my sourdough starter (it’s name is Brad). I found this recipe from Eat the Love for sourdough soft pretzels and I just had to try it out for myself. This recipe does take about 2 days, because you need to make sure your starter is fed and active & you need the dough to rise for about 4 hours. These are easy and delicious, perfect with mustard or some cheese.
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 1 Cup Active Sourdough Starter, check out here how to begin your own starter/how to feed
- 4 Cups Bread Flower, you can use All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
- 2 TSP Salt
- 1 Egg Yolk
- Coarse Salt
Baking Soda Bath:
- 2/3 Cup Baking Soda
- 10 Cups Water
Let’s Get Cooking
I did all of this by hand, you can use a mixer with a dough hook. Combine the cup of warm water and honey in large bowl & stir until dissolved. Add in the active sourdough starter until it has loosened and combined with the water.
Add in the flour + butter + salt into the bowl. Mix well until it begins to form a shaggy dough. Remove from bowl and place the dough onto a lightly floured counter, knead until the dough becomes smooth and more elastic.
Once the dough is smooth, coat a clean bowl with cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise, until the dough has doubled, about 3 to 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 450F once the dough is done proving. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper and divide the dough into about 10 even pieces/110g each. Cover with a damp towel once rolled out.
Take one piece of dough and roll into a long rope. Form a ‘U’ shape then take the two ends, cross over each other, then bring back down to the bottom of the ‘U’.
Bring the water & baking soda in a large pot up to a boil. Make sure that the baking soda has fully dissolved. Add in about 2-3 pretzels per time, letting them boil for about 50 seconds. Place on the baking sheet following.
Combine the egg yolk + water and brush on top of each pretzel, sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pretzels have browned. Let cook on the baking sheet for a few before moving to a wire rack.
Made with Love,