Granny's Homemade Sourdough Pretzels

Homemade Sourdough Pretzels

Experience the immense joy and satisfaction of baking with Granny's Homemade Sourdough Pretzels recipe. These delectable pretzels, crafted with love and care, boast a distinctive sourdough tang that tantalizes the taste buds. Their flawlessly chewy texture creates a delightful sensation as you savor each and every bite.

From the very first step to the final result, the process of making these pretzels is an absolute delight, filling your kitchen with warmth and inviting aromas. And when you finally get to relish these homemade treats, the culmination of your efforts, you'll discover a sense of fulfillment that only comes from creating something truly special. Prepare yourself for a baking adventure that promises not only deliciousness but also a deep sense of accomplishment. Embark on this culinary journey and experience the pure joy of making and indulging in Granny's Homemade Sourdough Pretzels.


  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (224 grams) active sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups (490 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts (2 liters) water
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) baking soda
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked
  • Coarse salt to garnish
  • Method

    • Make the Dough (Day 1)

    • 1. Combine the water, sourdough starter, salt, and sugar in a mixer with the dough hook attached.
    • 2. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the flour and mix. Once incorporated, knead on medium-low speed for 10 minutes. The dough will clear the bowl and cling to the hook after kneading.
    • 3. Scrape the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover the bowl and set aside at room temperature for about 5 hours.
    • 4. Once each hour repeat the following procedure: Uncover the bowl, pinch and lift one side of the dough into the middle of the dough. Repeat all the way around the dough then flip the dough over. By now the dough should be lively, elastic, and airy. If the dough is still sluggish, let it rest for another hour or two at room temperature.
    • 5. After 5 hours put the dough in the refrigerator overnight.

    • Make the Pretzels (Day 2)

    • 1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and coat the parchment paper with vegetable oil.
    • 2. Turn the cold dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a rope. Using flat hands, roll the dough back and forth moving your hands in opposite directions from the middle of the rope towards either end. If the dough gets sticky, sprinkle dough and your hands in flour and continue. The dough should stick to the surface just a little so that the friction will allow you to pull the dough into a long rope. The longer and thinner the rope, the more open the pretzel shape will be. Try to get the rope to about 20-24 inches.
    • 3. To form a pretzel shape, lift the dough rope on either end and press into the middle, forming a "U" shape on each side. Lift the pretzel by the two top loops and place it on the oiled parchment paper.
    • 4. Cover the pretzels with oiled plastic wrap and set aside to bring the dough to room temperature for 1 hour.

    The History of Pretzels and the Significance of Sourdough

    The origins of pretzels can be traced back to early European civilizations, with some accounts dating as far back as the 6th century. It is believed that monks in monasteries played a significant role in the development of pretzels, using them as rewards for children who recited their prayers. The distinctive knot shape of the pretzel, resembling crossed arms in prayer, became a symbol of good luck and spiritual significance.

    Sourdough, a natural leavening agent made from fermented flour and water, has been used in bread-making for centuries. Its unique tangy flavor and ability to enhance the texture of breads made it an ideal addition to pretzel recipes. The fermentation process of sourdough provides depth of flavor, creates a chewy texture, and contributes to the iconic characteristics of sourdough pretzels.

    Serving Suggestions and Accompaniments

    Sourdough pretzels offer a versatile canvas for various serving suggestions and accompaniments. Here are some ideas to enhance your pretzel experience:

    Additional Useful Information

    Here are some additional tips and facts to enhance your pretzel knowledge and ensure a successful baking experience: