German Pretzel Recipe

German Pretzels

This German Pretzel recipe, aka Brezel, is among the easiest I've found. Crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. Make them either with just white flour, or do as I do, and mix a bit of whole wheat in. Having made this for the first time, and altering the recipe to make it easy, I have to admit, I'm hooked! 

Usually, making pretzels involves dunking into a lye solution. This one's easier. Make these German pretzels by dunking into baking soda solution. Easier. Safer. Just as delicious!

German Pretzel Recipe


  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp baking soda
  • coarse salt to sprinkle


  • Using a large mixing bowl (mixer with dough hook), dissolve sugar in water. Add yeast. Mix. Let stand about 5 - 10 minutes until bubbly.
  • Mix together milk and oil. Add to bowl.
  • Mix salt and whole wheat flour.
  • Add to bowl and mix.
  • Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and mix. Add more flour as needed until ball forms. Let dough hook knead ball for a few minutes.
  • Let dough rise about 30 - 60 minutes, covered, in a warm, draught-free area, until about double in size.
  • In the meantime, prepare "soda bath". Put 2 quarts of water in pot and add 4 tbsp baking soda. Mix. Bring to boil and keep hot until needed.
  • Preheat oven to 425 F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Divide dough in half and then each half into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 14 - 16 inches long. Form into pretzel shape by forming into a circle with the ends extending about 2 inches. Twist these ends twice and fold up into circle, pressing the ends to the circle.
  • Place pretzels onto baking sheets.
  • Cover and let rise about 10 minutes.
  • Gently place pretzels into boiling soda water, without crowding. When they rise to the surface, remove with slotted spoon and place back on baking sheets.
  • Slit with a sharp knife or razor blade.
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove onto rack to cook.
  • Enjoy while still warm!

Laugen and Bretzeln

The only pretzels I knew over here in Canada are the small little hard, salty things one buys in bags as snack foods.

They're alright, but I always wondered what people saw in them. When I saw them for sale, large and bread-like, I just never bothered with them.

And so, my quest for the perfect German recipe for pretzels. I even realized that making pretzels, although it takes a bit of patience, really is easy.

That is, until my recent trip to Germany. Accidentally, I had a "laugen" roll. It looked very similar to the soft pretzels, only it was a round roll with cuts in the top and sprinkled with coarse salt. After that, I indulged in German pretzels!

Oh my, delicious!

Looking for an authentic homemade pretzel recipe using lye?

Here's a recipe sent in by a Bavarian baker's son. Andy continues with his dad's tradition of making these Laugen Brezen with a lye dip. Check it out here.

Andy's homemade pretzels made with lye.

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