A Soft Pretzel Recipe. For Valentine’s Day. Yeah, I probably could’ve had this up in time for you Super Bowl lovers, but, I’m telling you this Soft Pretzel Recipe is perfect for your kid’s classroom’s Valentine’s day party. So, it’s not too late!
I’m a sucker for a good soft pretzel. Regular old pretzels? Not so much, but a warm, doughy soft pretzel really hit the spot. Whether you go for one sprinkled in coarse sea salt or cinnamon and sugar, dipped in aioli or queso, you can’t go wrong. These are made especially adorable thanks to my daughter.
Who can resist a mini-heart? Last year my daughter really wanted to bring in a treat to share more than anything. She loves pretzels and thought they looked like hearts, so we decided we needed to make some that were truly heart-shaped.
I don’t like adding to the chaos of sugar and red dye on holidays, but I always want to bake and contribute to the fun. It’s hard when the world of holidays, especially with children. And, I’m not saying don’t let them eat cake! But, if you’re looking for an alternative – here it is.
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1½ Cup and 2 Cups Warm Water
- 1⅛ Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1½ Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Cup Bread Flour
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- Proof yeast in 1½ cup water and sugar, stir and let sit until frothy (5 minutes)
- Add salt and butter, stir
- Using a dough hook, slowly add flour until mixed smoothly and it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl (5 minutes)
- Let rise for 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray
- Roll out dough and cut into thin strips about 1 foot long
- Mix 2 cups warm water and baking soda
- Roll strips of dough and dunk into water and baking soda, minding to stir every now and then when it settles
- Form into hearts (flip ends towards the middle and pinch, I found it’s best to keep ends behind/on bottom of the middle end) or any shape you want and bake for 3-7 minutes, depending on size
These smell so good, make a ton and reheat really well. If you’re planning to make ahead, consider leaving dough in fridge after rolling and shaping into hearts and then baking them when needed. These would be the perfect treat for any party. I’m planning on making these over and over for occasions like Super Bowl parties, or Oktoberfest.