This sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels.
I have been making homemade whole wheat soft pretzels for awhile now, using a modified version of Alton Brown’s recipe. After taking the Sourdough e-course at GNOWFGLINS, I wanted to come up with a version that uses my sourdough starter. So I played around with the original recipe and finally came up with a version that I loved.
They are easy to make and oh so yummy. These pretzels smell amazing right out of the oven.
Sourdough Soft Pretzel Recipe
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (may need more)
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse pretzel salt
If you don’t already have a sourdough starter, or don’t want to go to the hassle of making your own, you can get sourdough starter that will work just fine. Just make sure to follow the package instructions to wake it up before proceeding with this recipe.
In a large bowl, combine the sourdough starter, water, melted butter, and flour. You may need to add additional flour. You want a dough that is not sticky. Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.
When ready to make your pretzels, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the 2/3 cup baking soda to the water. (This will bubble rapidly for a little bit before calming down.) Meanwhile, divide your dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a long rope. Form the rope into a U shape and twist. Press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.
One at a time, drop the pretzels into boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain.
Place the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper brushed with oil or a silicone mat. Brush each pretzel with the egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then enjoy!
- I have also used coconut oil or olive oil in place of the butter in this recipe. However for best taste, use real butter.
- If grinding your own flour fresh, use a hard wheat. You can also try kamut but that may change the amount of flour you need slightly. A blend of Kamut and hard wheat also works well.
- I ended up using close to 5 1/2 cups of flour, but mine was freshly ground.
- I could not find pretzel salt in my regular grocery store. I was able to find it however, in a bulk food shop. Amazon carries it too if you can’t find a local source.
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