The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever!

Welcome to the first installment of “Recipes my Husband Loves,” here on JoyFoodSunshine! In honor of my husband’s birthday week, I’ll be sharing some his favorite foods! This homemade Pretzel Bread is one of my most requested recipes, not only from my hubby, but also from friends and family. It is dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. Since this Pretzel bread is one of my my husband’s favorites…I thought it would be fun to let him tell you about it!

So here is what my main man says about this recipe:

“My wife’s pretzel bread is one of the most amazing things that I have ever eaten. The only thing better than a loaf of this pretzel bread is MORE loaves this pretzel bread! Sometimes when we have friends over to dinner— and Laura asks for meal ideas—I am torn as to whether or not to suggest this bread, simply because I can’t handle watching other people eat MY FAVORITE BREAD. (I smile, and politely pass the bowl, but secretly…I’m watching every movement…praying that they leave more for ME!) Fresh out of the oven, this bread beats any other meal that comes out of my home (IMHO), and a loaf of this stuff literally makes the “top 3 list” of things I would want with me on a deserted island. So basically, I HIGHLY recommend this recipe.
-Husband”
The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever!
There you have it folks, this Pretzel Bread is definitely husband approved! And I can attest to the fact that he will eat an entire loaf by himself if he doesn’t have to share. 😉
If making homemade bread sounds intimidating to you…your’e in luck! There are two ways to make the dough for this Pretzel Bread. The first is to simply toss all the ingredients in your bread machine and set it to the “dough cycle.” Even the most sheepish bread-makers can do that, right?! 😉  The other method involves mixing and kneading the dough using a standing mixer and your hands! I like to do the latter because I can be sure every step of the process is going exactly the way it should be! However, I have used my bread machine with the same delicious results!
The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever!
If you are familiar to the process of making homemade bread, you will notice that there are two unique steps to the dough-making process for this recipe.
#1) You do not knead the dough by hand initially. Let the mixer do the kneading and leave your dough ball a little sticky/tacky. This ensures a dense, moist end product.
#2) There is a short initial rise time. Let your tacky dough ball rise for 30 minutes and then knead by hand into a smooth ball. After your dough becomes soft and elasticy, you let it rise a second time, which takes about 1 hour.
The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever! After the second rise comes the step that gives this Pretzel Bread it’s pretzel-y identity…boiling the dough in a baking soda water bath. Once you release the air from your dough, form it in to the size and shape you want it. This recipe makes 2 large loaves, 4 small loaves, or 8-10 rolls/buns! Yes…eating a hamburger on a homemade Pretzel Bread bun is an absolute must for all of you. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.
It is absolutely crucial that you do NOT let the dough rise any more at this point. It needs to go straight from being formed into the water bath, and straight from the water bath into the oven. No more rising allowed, or you will get a light and airy loaf of bread instead of a dense and chewy one (which is the very essence of soft pretzels).
The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever!
Once you remove your dough from the boiling baking soda bath, immediately place it on your greased baking sheet, cut an X in the top and sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt (I use this). I use a skimmer spoon like this to take the dough out of the boiling baking soda bath and remove excess water.
As soon as your loaves/buns/rolls come out of the oven, brush them with melted butter and let them cool just enough to eat! This bread is best served warm and eaten the day it’s made! However, it does reheat well and makes a killer turkey sandwich.

Pretzel Bread

Ingredients

Instructions

    Making the dough:
  1. Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in a bowl. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes (until foamy).
  2. While yeast is resting…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of your standing mixer. Add milk mixture.
  4. Using the dough hook, mix in salt, then add 2 cups of flour.
  5. Mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated. Slowly add the rest of your flour.
  6. Knead in your mixer until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball. (DO NOT knead with your hands. You want your dough a little sticky).
  7. Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, knead the dough by hand for 5-10 minutes until the dough is elastic and satiny. Place dough back in the bowl and recover for 1 hour. (*NOTE, Don’t let it rise for more than an hour or the bread becomes fluffy instead of dense and delicious*)
  8. Boiling Baking Soda Bath:
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda. (Do this very slowly or you will have a water/soda eruption)!
  10. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
  11. Make 2 or 4 separate balls of dough, forming them into the shape you want (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from forming the ball into the water).
  12. Drop one of the balls into the boiling baking soda water. Boil for 60-90 seconds on each side, turning it once to guarantee both sides have been boiled.
  13. Drain the excess water from the dough and place it on a well-greased baking sheet. (Do not use parchment paper)!
  14. Immediately sprinkle the large salt over the bread to your specific tastes.
  15. Use a knife to cut a small incision on the top of the bread so the dough can expand.
  16. Repeat with second ball of dough. (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from boiling onto the pan, into the oven).
  17. Baking:
  18. Cook the bread for 22-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once.
  19. Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the melted butter over the loaves to guarantee a soft crust.

Notes

If you have a bread maker…just add all ingredients to the pan in the order listed and set it to dough cycle, then proceed to Step 7!

You can reheat the bread on a low temp covered in foil if you decide to make it a bit ahead of time. I cover it with a tea towel or something if I’m not going to serve it right away.

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I adapted this recipe from one I found on allrecipes.com years ago, and I can’t find it now. However, after I did some searching, I believe this is it!

The very best Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe! You will win hearts by making this recipe. Say goodbye store-bought pretzel bread forever!

Once you try this homemade pretzel bread you will not be able to really enjoy any other store-bought or restaurant-made varieties again. #sorrynotsorry

Do you make homemade bread? If yes, what’s your favorite type to bake? If no, what’s holding you back from giving it a whirl?! 

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