Pretzel Sticks

 My Wisconsin is showing. I mean pretzels are great, but this became a full blown thing after moving here. Look at a menu, see pretzel sticks with an alluring accompaniment of mustard and cheeses. No brainer. I just gotta have it. Unfortunately, I took my addiction home. And to quell it, I decided to learn about the (fun) way to make your own pretzels. 
Am I Wisconsin?

So making a pretzel is stupidly simple. It’s like making bread, but with an extra step. You have to plan ahead a bit, as the dough takes some time to set. Otherwise, it’s a cheap straightforward deal. Just gotta have that Baking Soda handy. I was surprised that was the secret. Baking Soda. That’s why pretzels are pretzels. Weird right?

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • *other seasonings as needed


  1. Mix the sugar, water and yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes
  2. Once it starts to smell yeasty, add flour, butter, salt. You can mix with your hands, mixer or any other means. They all work, but the goal is to get a nice ball of dough.
  3. Then let her sit covered. 45 minutes to an hour is ideal. It will probably grow a bit.
  4. Once it’s coming up on the 45 minute mark, start boiling about 12 cups of water and 1 cup of baking soda. Let it get to a rolling boil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Once dough is ready, season it to your liking
  6. Start rolling it out to whatever shape you like. Sticks, rolls, pretzel shaped. The imagination is your limit
  7. Drop them one at a time into the boiling soda water mix, 40 seconds for each piece
  8. Coat them with beaten egg, season some more
  9. Cook at 450 for ~25 minutes, till golden, pretzely brown

Notes:  Serve anyway you like your pretzels. I chose some sausage and cheese.

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