German Style Soft Pretzels | How Does She

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Many years ago, I got my first taste of a soft pretzel. It was at a local fair, and I was in LOVE! Again, in high school, while on  field trip to a German deli, I had my second taste, and I decided that I just HAD to learn how to make them myself. Fast forward a few (okay MANY) years and I hadn’t found a recipe that tasted right. I couldn’t figure out what I was missing, and why my pretzels didn’t taste like the ones I had had before.

Just a few years ago, I finally found the secret to those perfect, german-style soft pretzels and I’m going to share it with you. Are you ready? Let’s get making some pretzels!


For the pretzel dough, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110° – 115°F) water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt (I used kosher salt, but I’ve also done it with table salt)
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast (active dry)
  • Approx. 4 – 4.5 cups flour (I used half whole wheat and half all purpose for this batch)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast on top.
  2. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, or…

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