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Celebrity Chef Paul Hollywood’s Soft Pretzel Recipe

103041_D01551bIf you have been watching this summer’s brand new hit reality series “The American Baking Competition,” then you’ve probably gained about five pounds already. I don’t know what it is about baking shows, but whenever I see those mouthwatering treats, I find myself in the kitchen searching for something sweet…or salty. This week, we’re going to share a fabulous recipe from celebrity Chef Paul Hollywood that’ll satisfy your salty cravings. On the show, the contestants tried to recreate Paul’s soft pretzel creation and lucky for you…we’ve made it easy by not only sharing the ingredients, but showing you how you can make these snacks right in your own kitchen.

And don’t forget to watch The American Baking Competition to get some more great recipe ideas. The show moves to a new time period tonight at 9pm ET/PT.



1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 package instant yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

4 1/2 cups bread flour

2 ounces butter, melted

Vegetable oil, for pan

10 cups water

2/3 cup baking soda

1 large egg yolk beaten with water

Pretzel salt


Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt , butter, yeast, flour until dough forms

Knead. Place kneaded dough in a oiled bowl.

Proof until dough has doubled in size. About 50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.

Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 to 35 seconds each. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes.

Don’t forget to tune into “The American Baking Competition” Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on CBS and make sure to follow along the contestants and judges on Twitter at @BakeOnCBS #GetYourBakeOn.

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