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Pretzels are a surprisingly easy to make bread, and they are even easier when you use a bread machine as done in this recipe.


Serves: 18 

  • 1 cup (250ml) beer
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (410g) plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried active baking yeast
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes

Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

  1. Measure first 6 ingredients in order listed into a bread machine baking pan. Select Dough/Pasta Setting and press start.
  2. When the cycle is complete, remove dough to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle. Roll into a rectangle about 21cm x 29cm and with a sharp knife, cut into eighteen 2 1/2 cm strips. Gently pull each strip into a rope 40cm long.
  3. To shape into pretzels: Curve ends of each rope to make a circle; cross ends at top. Twist ends once and lay over bottom of circle. Place on greased baking trays. Do not let rise.
  4. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Bake in a preheated 180 degrees C oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until cooked. Remove from sheets and let pretzels cool on wire rack.

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Something else. instead of cutting into strips, I divided the dough into 18 pieces and rolled each piece by hand to the required length. I found this created a neater looking pretzel. - 04 Feb 2011


This makes wonderful pretzels with a great taste and texture. They should be eaten fresh or they will get hard. - 14 Jul 2008


These were not soft/chewy but hard and dry ! The dough was very easy to handle. - 14 Jul 2008

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