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loaf of pretzel bread

Pretzel Bread

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Pretzel bread is so easy to make at home! With just a few simple ingredients you can have buttery, salty, chewy homemade pretzel bread in less than two hours!


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For the Dough:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter (half a stick), melted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Baking Soda Bath:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda

For the Pretzel Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt


  1. In a measuring cup, combine warm water and brown sugar and mix. Add yeast and set aside 5 minutes until nice and frothy.
  2. In a mixer combine melted butter and milk. Add yeast mixture and start mixing on low speed with a dough hook attachment.
  3. Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl and add to mixer bowl a little at a time until incorporated. Dough should be slightly tacky but not sticky. If dough is sticky add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky.
  4. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray and place the ball of dough in the bowl. Wet a paper towel with warm water and ring out. Place over the dough and cover with a towel. Allow to rise one hour.
  5. After an hour preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add baking soda a tablespoon at a time until entire 1/2 cup is added. (It will foam as added so do not add all at once!)
  7. Divide the dough into two balls and add to the boiling baking soda wash. Boil for 3 minutes, turning often to ensure all sides are covered.
  8. Remove dough from pot and drain excess water. Place dough on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Immediately after removing from oven, brush with melted butter.


  • To make this in a bread machine, add dough ingredients to the machine and run on dough cycle, then proceed to step 5.

Keywords: pretzel bread