The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

*This post was originally published on July 14, 2016! The photos and text have been updated & a video has been added, but the recipe remains the same!*

This Homemade Pretzel Bread is THE best bread you will ever eat in your life. I am totally not exaggerating either. It is one of my most requested creations and literally everyone who tries it asks for the recipe. It’s dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious.

I know making homemade bread can seem intimidating…but don’t you worry! We’ve created a video that shows you how to make this homemade pretzel bread step-by-step! And if there’s a recipe that’s worth conquering your kitchen fears for, this is definitely it.

The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

Ritch absolutely adores this bread, and since it’s one of his favorite recipes of all time I thought I’d let him share his thoughts about it with you….

“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 homemade pretzel bread is MORE loaves of 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” {<-he signed it that way, not me! LOL!}
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. 😉
The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

 Homemade Pretzel Bread: Method 

If making homemade bread sounds intimidating to you…your’e in luck! There are two ways to make the dough. The first is to simply toss all the ingredients in a 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 or 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!
If you are familiar to the process of making homemade bread, you will notice that there is one unique step to the dough-making process for this recipe.

The dough only has to rise one time. 

 It is absolutely crucial that you do NOT let the dough rise a second time. It needs to go straight from being formed into two balls directly 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).

Baking soda bath. 

Boiling the dough in the baking soda & water bath is the step in this recipe that gives this Homemade Pretzel Bread it’s pretzel-y identity! Once the dough is degassed, form it in to the size and shape  you want. 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.

Bake immediately. 

Once the dough is removed from the boiling baking soda bath, immediately place it on a greased baking sheet, cut an X in the top and sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt (I use this). {Note: I use a skimmer spoon like this to take the dough out of the boiling baking soda bath and remove excess water}.

Butter it up. 

As soon as the 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.

 The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

 Homemade Pretzel Bread: Substitutions

As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as written, however here are a few possible substitutions!

 2% milk can be used in place of whole! I do this often with great results! Half & half or cream also work well!

All-purpose flour. Bread flour is the only other flour I have used to make this recipe and it produces an incredibly delicious final product!

That’s it! I really don’t recommend tampering with this recipe any more! 🙂

The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

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Homemade Pretzel Bread

The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread EVER!

Course bread, Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 2 loaves (or 8 buns)

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 105-110 degrees F
  • 2 TBS whole milk
  • 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 4 TBS butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 quarts water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 TBS butter melted
  • 1-2 TBS coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand for 5 minutes (until foamy).
  2. While yeast is proofing…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
  3. Once yeast is proofed, add milk/butter to yeast mixture and mix on low speed with dough hook until just combined.
  4. Add salt and flour and mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated.
  5. Knead in your mixer until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball, you may need to add a little more flour 1 TBS at a time, but be careful, you want your dough a little tacky but not too sticky to handle.
  6. Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place to let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda (Be careful or you will have a baking soda/water explosion)!
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
  9. Make two balls of dough the same size (NOTE: The total weight of the dough comes out to be about 800 g, so each loaf should weigh about 400 g), forming them into the shape you want (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from forming the ball into the water). 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 covered. Drain the excess water from the dough and place it on an oiled baking sheet.
  10. Immediately sprinkle coarse sea salt over the bread to your specific tastes, and use a knife to cut a small incision on the top of the bread so the dough has somewhere to expand.
  11. Repeat with second ball of dough. (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from boiling into the oven).
  12. Cook the bread for 22-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once.
  13. Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the melted butter over the loaves to guarantee a soft crust.
  14. *You can reheat it 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.

Recipe 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 8! 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.

The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo

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

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The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It's dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. We've included a video with step-by-step instructions! #pretzelbread #homemade #recipe #bread #recipevideo