• Author: Rebecca Jenkins
  • Prep Time: 30mins
  • Cook Time: 15-20mins
  • Total Time: 7 minute
  • Yield: 10 medium size pretzels 1x


These are a great way to pass an hour or two during lockdown! Why not get the whole household involved in a crazy pretzel creation competition! And bonus, you get an Instagram worthy creation at the end of it! What’s not to love.



  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1/s Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • Course sea salt

Baking soda bath

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tsp baking soda


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix warm water and yeast and let sit for 5 mins
  2. Add sugar, salt and melted butter
  3. Add one cup of flour at a time while you mix well to combine
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 3 mins, until a dry dough forms
  5. Cover and let sit for 10mins
  6. While dough is resting, make your baking soda bath. Heat water and baking soda in a medium sized pot to boiling
  7. Start your oven warming up to 180°C
  8. Once dough has rested, transfer back to very lightly floured surface and divide evenly into 10 sections
  9. Roll each section into a long rope, until it is about 1cm thick, then twist into a pretzel shape, or any shape you like! – Try a lockdown challenge to see how creative your household can be! Or maybe who is the first person to figure out how to even make a pretzel shape, without looking at the instructions!? Wild times.
  10. For a pretzel shape, bring the ends of the rope together and make two twists near the top:
    how to make a pretzel 1
  11. Then bring the twisted end forward to the bottom of the circle:
    how to make a pretzel 2
  12. Then give your fine motor skills a workout by opening the ends to the sides of the circle, gentle pushing them down, and kind of fiddling around with it a little bit, pulling at the edges to make it look just right:
    how to make a pretzel 3
  13. Once all your gorgeous creations are finished transfer them 2 at a time to the baking soda bath, carefully lowering them down with a slotted spoon (no trips to the emergency room please!), set a timer for 30 seconds and let them cook until the timer beeps, then quickly whip them out and transfer to a paper towel to dry off a smidge, then to a baking tray, repeat with all your pretzels
  14. Then give each pretzel a salt shower with coarsely ground sea salt – c’mon, do your best salt bae impression!
    how to make a pretzel 4
  15. Pop your baking tray in the oven for 15-20mins, or until pretzels are looking ‘pretzel-y’ – a nice golden brown
  16. Transfer to cooling rack to cool and enjoy!
  17. We all know the real success is how Instagram worthy your pretzels look? #lockdownrecipes