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Sourdough Pretzel Recipe – Easy And Fun Ways Of Making Pretzel At Home

Soft Sourdough Pretzel Recipe

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To make sourdough pretzels you’ll need a starter, or sourdough discard if you fancy. For this particular recipe, I’m using an active sourdough starter and baking soda, to boil the pretzels in. This should help achieve a wonderfully soft, sourdough pretzels.

  • Total Time: 14 minutes


  • 100g active sourdough starter
  • 255g water
  • 40g honey
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 500g bread flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar


  1. Stir sourdough starter, water, honey and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the bread flour, and use your hands to gather these ingredients together as best as you can. By now the dough should be stiff, and ready to knead. Place the dough hook on the stand mixer, and mix the dough on the lowest speed for 7 minutes. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest at room temperature for 12 hours.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and transfer the pretzel dough to a clean work surface.
  3. Roll the dough into a long rope shape and set it in the shape of U. Lift the ends of the dough and twist twice. Fold the twist over, and press the ends of the dough together. Cover the pretzel dough with a towel and let this puff up and rise for 60 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Boil 6 glasses of water in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, along with 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar.
  5. Drop 3 pretzels at a time in boiling water, for 30 seconds, then use a mesh strainer to remove them and place them onto a parchment paper. Brush each pretzel with an egg wash and sprinkle some coarse salt over them.
  6. Bake the pretzels for 12-14 minutes, until they’re light golden brown.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: German