Soft Pretzel Wreath

Homemade pretzel bits (click through for recipe)Two things about pretzels (and me) that you should know. First off, I love pretzels. Elsie and I both have favorite airport “meals” for when we travel together for work. If Elsie gets to choose, and we have time, she usually picks Chili’s. We call it “baby Chili’s” because it’s the smaller version. When I get to choose, it’s Auntie Anne’s pretzels every time. Doesn’t matter if we’re in-between flights at 8 a.m. If there are pretzels about, I want them.

Soft pretzelsSecond, there is an Auntie Anne’s pretzels at our hometown mall. It’s basically the highlight of the mall, if you ask me. And while these pretzels where still in the oven baking, Josh walked into the kitchen and said, “Hmm, smells like the mall in here.”

It was the biggest compliment he could have given me. For reals.

So with those two random facts in mind, let’s make a pretzel wreath together!

Homemade pretzels! Soft Pretzel Wreaths, makes 2 or about 20 regular pretzels.

3 cups warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons (one package) active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups bread flour
6 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups water
3 tablespoons baking soda
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt

Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and allow that to sit and foam up for 5-6 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the salt, bread flour, and all-purpose flour. Pour the yeast water into the bowl. Stir until combined. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-6 minutes. This flour is probably more water-based than you might be used to (if you bake bread often), so feel free to really flour your hands or the surface as you work. Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size).

Kneading doughFill a large pot with 3 cups water and 3 tablespoons baking soda. Stir to dissolve. Heat the water to a low boil. While the water heats up, on a floured surface, divide the dough into small balls, or roll into long ropes and shape like pretzels. 

Place each pretzel in the boiling water for 30 seconds, flipping halfway through cooking. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water, draining away as much water as you can. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.

How to make pretzelsBrush the tops of the pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle on the sea salt. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes. The pretzels should look golden brown but still feel slightly spring-y to the touch.

Also, can you spot me in the above photo? 🙂

How to make homemade soft pretzelsFor the pretzel wreath, I place my dipping sauce bowl on the baking sheet and arranged the balls around it. Then I remove the bowl before baking. Easy peasy. This is awesome to serve at a party; just add ranch or honey mustard to the bowl or dip them in my Rotel cheese dip. These were a big hit at our office. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Soft Pretzel Wreath

Servings 20

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons one package active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and allow that to sit and foam up for 5-6 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the salt, bread flour, and all-purpose flour. Pour the yeast water into the bowl. Stir until combined. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-6 minutes. This flour is probably more water-based than you might be used to (if you bake bread often), so feel free to really flour your hands or the surface as you work. Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size).
  3. Fill a large pot with 3 cups water and 3 tablespoons baking soda. Stir to dissolve. Heat the water to a low boil. While the water heats up, on a floured surface, divide the dough into small balls, or roll into long ropes and shape like pretzels.
  4. Place each pretzel in the boiling water for 30 seconds, flipping halfway through cooking. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water, draining away as much water as you can. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Brush the tops of the pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle on the sea salt. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes. The pretzels should look golden brown but still feel slightly spring-y to the touch.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with The Signature Collection. 

  • Is it best to make this the day of, or would it be fine to make the day before? … working on Fourth of July nibbles. 🙂

  • just made this! they were amazing! thanks for the recipe! I recommend going overboard with the butter & salt. 🙂

  • My husband and I hosted a party this past weekend and I thought I’d give these a try. I’ve never made bread before from scratch, but these were SO easy and were SO DELICIOUS! Not to mention my family was then totally impressed by my new domestic pretzel-making skills 😉

  • I’ve made them yesterday for a football party and I’m sure I am not allowed to bring ever anything else. Everybody liked them so much. Thank you for this great recipe!

  • Oh this is dangerous knowledge for me to have. Not sure if I should thank you. I am positive my scale will be very unhappy! www.jennyleighsblog.blogspot.com

  • Good to know, that you love our german dish!! 🙂 Have to visit Germany!

  • These look so delicious! And such a cute presentation… I will have to try this out for sure!

  • Agree with the pretzel choice over Chilli’s. These look amazing and much easier to make than I expected, definitely going to try this myself

  • This looks incredible! I’d use a vegan sub for butter (sunflower spread). Definitely gonna try this 🙂

  • I love your baking.
    Have nerver tryed thees soft pretzel wreath before, but sure I have toi try now:-)

    Had this the other day:
    http://mariahoffbeck.blogspot.dk/2014/06/rugvafler-med-hyldeblomst-og.html

    heidi

  • And the German in me just started drooling BIG TIME. As a pretzel lover, I highly recommend you visit Germany, so will simply die over how wonderful the pretzels are there!!

    Julia

    http://exploresmore.com/
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12308011

  • Oh my that looks both beautiful and delicious, such a pretty idea for dinner parties appetizers!

  • Oh…I so miss the days when I could eat soft pretzels!! Gluten-free hard pretzels just aren’t the same!! 🙁

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  • At Disneyland they sell the best jalapeño cheese pretzels!!! To.Die.For!

    – thekimchronicles.com

  • What a cute idea! Everything mini size is always more fun and adorable 😉

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • This would be great for a party it BBQ, though I’m sure I could eat them all myself too! Love pretzels
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  • Mmm! I’m 9 months pregnant and can NOT get enough pretzels lately. Looks like I’ll have to try this asap!

  • yum!!! omg, these look and sound amazing!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • ohhh man. I can practically smell them from here! I’ve been intimidated by most things requiring yeast but I think I’ll have to give these a whirl!

    http://6000milestohome.blogspot.com

  • I looove pretzels!! Thanks for this recipe! I also am addicted to Auntie Anne’s, but for some reason the Wetzel’s Pretzels at my local mall is way more popular.

  • I’m not the hugest fan of pretzels, but the pretzel wreath looks SO GOOD! I totally want some — and I love ranch, so… 🙂

  • These. Look. Incredible. Just pinned this so I will be able to get back to this recipe ASAP.

  • Yumm!!! I wanna try to make these!
    Xx from the Girl in the Houndstooth Coat

  • Pretty AND edible! My two favorite things. Hee hee 🙂

  • Those look so good. I want one and it’s only 9 am here! Haha. Thanks for the share <3

  • Looks amazing! definitely want to try to make them! I agree with the whole Auntie Anne’s thing! Every time I go to the mall I HAVE to get a pretzel from there! Wether I am hungry or not hahah! Thanks for sharing

    <3 Vidi
    http://xoxovidi.blogpsot.com

  • Sooo excited about this! I tried making some in the past, that didn’t turn out so well! I can’t wait to try making the wreath, looks really good!

    http://urbanbucketfortwo.blogspot.com

  • Yum! Better yet, fill the bowl with some sort of cheese sauce. I have such a weakness for pretzels with nacho cheese 🙂

  • Yummy! David LOVES pretzels! I bet he’d be one happy lad if I made him a batch of these!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • These are the most divine looking things I’ve ever seen. I have never made pretzels or bread or anything with yeast, so I’m a little nervous about that…but these look too good to pass up! I may have to try them. 🙂

  • Yesss, Auntie Anne’s was the best part of the mall! And brings some cheer to Penn Station, many pretzels were bought when I would miss my train home back in high school. Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!

    Best,
    -Maggie
    maggiefiejewelry.com

  • Looks incredible!! I love pretzels, and Auntie Anne’s, so I’m excited to bring the mall to my own kitchen 🙂 Check out my blog!

  • I love soft pretzels! Cool idea http://sadityinthecity.com

  • Reflection in the spoon (cute). 🙂 I am going to attempt to make the pretzel bites this summer with my kiddos! They look so good – we are all about the soft pretzels too – no matter what size! YUM!

  • OMG I want to eat this RIGHT. NOW. Ugh, is it lunch time yet?

    -Lindsay from Dearest Darling

  • Oh MY! These look absolutely amazing! Thanks for the great recipe, ladies! I’d eat the whole wreath myself…if it was socially acceptable… 😉

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • I love the picture with the rings. Mine are always lying around in the kitchen somewhere. Can’t wait to try this recipe either!

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels are the highlight of the Mall for me too when we go 🙂 The smell, the sweet & salty taste, the soft dough… I haven’t had one in YEARS, but I still recall their delicious flavor and texture… Oh my mouth waters! SO, if these pretzels are going to taste like Auntie Anne’s, then count me in!! YUMO!

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

  • Oh my gosh – this looks both delicious and so perfectly presented. I feel like if I brought this to a get together I’d be the queen of the party! haha Thanks for a great recipe! Xo, D

  • I love pretzels. I fell in love with them when I was in the Alsace in France. They are very popular there and when I’m back home I keep dreaming of them. I’ve never tried to make them myself, but this recipe sounds really great!

  • Last fall, I made your pretzel bread bowls many times. They were always a big hit. But every time, the pretzels stuck to the parchment paper. Often, they were so hard to remove, they became unsalvagable. Do you have any recommendations? Should I spray the parchment paper?

  • My Sister has been asking for me to try pretzels for so long – the wreath is perfect for my first attempt – will definitely give this a try 🙂

  • ugh, this looks so so good. Auntie Ann’s smell is addictive ha.

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