Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe

Recently we made pretzels as a snack, and we were desperate for a loaf of bread. An idea came to me to make pretzel bread, and this amazing deliciousness was created! Homemade Pretzel Bread was the most tender and flavorful bread that was ever baked. With the crispy top and pretzel salt, pretzel bread is our family’s new favorite bread that doesn’t break the bank.

Homemade Pretzel Bread before baking

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Homemade Pretzels, Rolls and Bread

If you have ever made from scratch pretzels, then you can use the same dough to make rolls and bread. The only difference is the amount of time to cook the different recipes. Pretzels themselves take only ten minutes to bake with a few minutes under the broiler to get the quintessential pretzel finish.
Homemade Pretzel Bread is great for a lot of meal ideas. Recently, we had pretzel bread for sandwiches at a picnic and it was delicious.

For a recipe to make Homemade Pretzel Rolls, click the link below!

Pretzel Salt Makes the Difference

A few years ago, when I made pretzels for the first time and did not have the right salt, a realization came in the form of bagged pretzels. Since my first-time making pretzels without salt, I have since collected the salt from bags of pretzel rods when we were done with them. This not only saves money, but also gives Homemade Pretzel Bread an authentic taste.

If you don’t want to smuggle salt from the bottom of your pretzel bags, you can also choose to buy pretzel salt and have it on hand.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 3/4-4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp Sugar
Pretzel salt
1 egg, beaten

ingredients for Homemade Pretzel Bread

Directions

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line an 8 X 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and then set aside. To make the parchment paper lay flat in the loaf pan, crumble it up in your hand and then smooth it out before laying it in the pan, then set aside.

3. In a large bowl, dissolve the 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water, then stir with a whisk for 1 minute.

yeast in a bowl
add warm water to the yeast in a large bowl and stir 1 minute

4. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon sugar to the yeast mixture and then whisk for an additional 1 minute.

add salt and sugar and stir 1 minute

5. Measure and add 1 cup of flour into the water mixture and then whisk until smooth.

add 1 cup flour to yeast water mixture in large bowl and whisk well

6. Add 1 more cup of flour and then stir to combine.

add more flour for homemade pretzel bread recipe

7. Add the remaining flour in 3/4 cup amounts and then stir with a wooden spoon until all of the flour is combined and no longer sticky.

add more flour for homemade pretzel bread recipe

8. Then turn out the dough and knead 3 minutes on a lightly floured surface or in the large bowl.

kneed homemade pretzel bread dough until smooth

9. Form the dough into a long rectangle and then lift to place it into the prepared loaf pan, pressing the dough into all of the corners.

10. Brush the egg onto the top of the pretzel loaf with a pastry brush.

11. Using a sharp knife, cut two ‘X’ shapes into each end of the pretzel loaf tops, then sprinkle with pretzel salt. Over the years, when a bag of store-bought pretzels is empty, the salt at the bottom of the bag has been collected and stored in a container. It is perfect for making Homemade Pretzels and an inexpensive way to get pretzel salt.

12. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes, or until the loaf is brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.

baked loaf of homemade pretzel bread

Remove the Homemade Pretzel Bread from the oven and let it rest in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and resting on a cooling rack until completely cool, then slice with a serrated knife and serve!
~Monica

two loaves of homemade pretzel bread cooling on rack

Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Homemade Pretzel Bread

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 3/4-4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp Sugar
Pretzel salt
1 egg, beaten

Directions for Homemade Pretzel Bread

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line an 8 X 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and then set aside. To make the parchment paper lay flat in the loaf pan, crumble it up in your hand and then smooth it out before laying it in the pan, then set aside.
3. In a large bowl, dissolve the 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water, then stir with a whisk for 1 minute.
4. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon sugar to the yeast mixture and then whisk for an additional 1 minute.
5. Measure and add 1 cup of flour into the water mixture and then whisk until smooth.
6. Add 1 more cup of flour and then whisk to combine.
7. Add the remaining flour in 3/4 cup amounts and then stir with a wooden spoon until all of the flour is combined and no longer sticky.
8. Then turn out the dough and knead for 3 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
9. Form the dough into a long rectangle and then lift to place it into the prepared loaf pan.
10. Brush the egg onto the top of the pretzel loaf with a pastry brush.
11. Using a sharp knife, cut two ‘X’ shapes into each end of the pretzel loaf tops, then sprinkle with pretzel salt.
12. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes, or until the loaf is brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.
Remove the Homemade Pretzel Bread from the oven and let it rest in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and resting on a cooling rack until completely cool, then slice with a serrated knife and serve!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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