Soft Pretzels

My husband loves going to the movie theater for one reason: the soft pretzels. When we were first married, we used to go to the movies all the time. It got to the point that the people who worked at the concession stand would recognize him and start getting his pretzels ready.

However, since we’ve had a child, we haven’t really been to the movies. It’s just too hard to try to keep a toddler quiet and sitting still for such a long time. Plus, my kid doesn’t really like watching a screen, even if it is cartoons, so she isn’t very interested in the whole experience.

So I thought I’d bring a little bit of the theater to him. I tried several recipes, and I altered them to match my husband’s preferences. My recipe is super soft, with a slightly crispy crust. I like to add salt on top, too. They come out super fluffy, and they kind of lose their holes because the dough gets so thick. They are amazing, though. For a really awesome snack, dip them in mustard, nacho cheese, or even peanut butter!

Movie Theater Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:

1 packet active dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
Salt for topping

Directions:

Preheat the over to 325 degrees. Use non-stick spray on a cookie sheet and set aside.

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and teaspoon of sugar in the warm water. It should look a little foamy.

Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the vegetable oil and yeast mixture, and combine the ingredients thoroughly. Sprinkle a little extra flour on a flat surface, and knead the dough. It should take about 8-10 minutes to make sure the dough is well-incorporated and has a smooth texture. Spray some non-stick spray in a large, clean bowl, and set your dough inside to rise. Covering the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth towel can help keep your dough from forming a stale crust on the outside. Let the dough rise for about an hour.

Once your dough has risen, put it on a flat surface and cut into about 8 pieces. Mix the baking soda into the hot water, and keep it close by. Roll each piece into a long rope (about 10 inches long), and form it into a pretzel shape. Dip it into the baking soda mixture, making sure that you soak it well (about three seconds). Then, place it on the pan. Add salt if you prefer. Once you have all your pretzels shaped and dipped, put them in the oven. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Enjoy!