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Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Homemade Soft Pretzels
Homemade Soft Pretzels
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Finding gluten free soft pretzels is often difficult, but now, with these Homemade Soft Pretzels, you won't need to look any further. These homemade pretzels are absolutely delicious, especially fresh and warm right out of the oven. You can choose to top these pretzels with sea salt, cinnamon sugar, chocolate chips, or even Parmesan cheese. This easy gluten free recipe requires many ingredients that you already have in your kitchen and won't take you very much time to make. By simply using an all-purpose gluten free flour, you can easily create a delicious gluten free treat. Your friends and family will love this snack, and they'll be sure to request many more of these delicious pretzels. You will never want to buy pretzels from the store ever again when you can make delicious ones in your own kitchen.

Yields: 12 Pretzels

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt, optional for topping pretzels
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthan gum, and baking powder. Add the water, egg, and butter and stir about 3 to 4 minutes until the dough is firm. Add additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if the dough appears dry.
  2. Knead the dough until smooth. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise 45 to 90 minutes until almost doubled.
  3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  4. Bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surfaced. The dough will be soft. Gently divide into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Cover the pieces with plastic wrap. Roll each piece one at a time into 12 to 14 inch long ropes. Shape each piece into a pretzel and place on the baking sheet.
  7. Add the baking soda and sugar to the boiling water and wait until the foam subsides.
  8. Drop the pretzels one at a time into the water bath for 5 seconds. They will sink then float.
  9. Place the pretzels back onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Bake the pretzels until golden brown. Bake 18 to 20 minutes for soft pretzels, 25 minutes for a chewy pretzel, or 35 minutes for a harder pretzel.
  11. Allow to cool on the pans for 10 minutes before removing.
Notes

Be creative with toppings for the pretzels. Brush with melted butter and add cinnamon sugar, grated Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, etc. What about a sweet powdered sugar glaze or a melted chocolate drizzle? Go for it!

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I have a question about the xanthan gum. I have all purpose gluten free flour and it includes xanthan gum. Do I still need to add it? I know some recipes call for more added. Other recipes only need it if your flour does not already have it added. Thanks in advance. They look great!

I LOVE big soft pretzels; I always get them at hockey games and baseball games. These were good, but there was a tad too much salt on them.

These pretzels were soft and chewy, they don't rise as much as normal soft pretzels but I actually liked these better!

I'm so happy there's a recipe for gluten free soft pretzels. It's a shame to have pretzels missing from your life.

These pretzels were delicious! I'd add a little less salt next time, but oh, the texture and flavor were both great for a gluten-free recipe.

These look delicious. A little cinnamon sugar on top would be perfect!

These pretzels are a must try!

I've been missing pretzels dearly. I'll bookmark this for later.

When you click on the link it takes you to a NON gluten free recipe for soft pretzels.

Thank you for pointing this out! While it doesn't specify within the ingredients list, this recipe is actually gluten-free. The flour used by the blogger is an all-purpose gluten-free flour, making this a gluten-free pretzel recipe. We will be sure to update the description to reflect this.

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