Sourdough Soft Pretzels

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.

Ingredients

  • 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,

Hannah

Cheesy Pull-Apart Sourdough

Me and just about everyone else who has a slight obsession with food jumped on the Sourdough train during quarantine. I have zero regrets about it and Brad [my sourdough starter] is still going strong. Sourdough is so versatile, that’s what makes it so fun. This recipe was inspired from Tik Tok by Morgan Hipworth. For the recipe, I used my homemade sourdough but obviously this can also be done with a store bought loaf.

Ingredients

  • One Sourdough Loaf [homemade or store bought]
  • 1 Block of Cheese, cut into thin slices, I used Monterey Jack because that is all the store had
  • 4 TBSP Butter, melted
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • Fresh Parsley, finely chopped

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the Oven to 375F.

Using a bread knife, cut down into the top of your bread, going horizontally, and vertically. This makes the pieces to pull out.

Take your cheese slices and tuck them into the bread, making sure each pull out piece has cheese around it.

Melt the butter and add in the chopped garlic + parsley. Brush the sourdough with the butter mixture.

Place into the oven for about 5-10 min to get the bread toasty and all the cheese melty. Keep a close eye on it, depending on your oven it may go quicker.

Take out and share with your friends and family immediately. Trust me it’s dangerous.

Always Hungry,

Hannah