Yum. With a capital Y. My kids are really fond of soft pretzels (ahem…thank you, Target cafe). So, I wanted to satisfy their cravings in a more healthy way. So, I made some whole wheat soft pretzels. Yep, whole wheat! And, guess what, I think they are even more delicious and pretzely than what you find elsewhere.
Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar or turbinado
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups white flour
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Oil (I used olive) for greasing bowl
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse sea salt
Mix the water, sugar and sea salt in a bowl until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast on top. and allow to sit until the mixture begins to foam. Slowly add the flour and melted butter. Mix and knead with hands until dough forms a nice round ball. Don’t over knead of the dough will get stiff. Remove the dough from the bowl, spray bowl , then return the dough to the bowl. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size (about an hour).
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan.
Meanwhile, using a slightly oiled surface, divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a long 1/2″ thick rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, twist them around each other and press the ends onto the bottom of the U to form the shape of a pretzel. Set aside and repeat with all 8 pieces of dough.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, one at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a flat spatula. Place pretzel on baking sheet, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, roughly 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.
Once pretzels are cool, enjoy right away or you can freeze them for up to one month.