You don’t need to go to the mall to enjoy soft-baked pretzel bread. Try this simple, healthy version at home!
Soft and fluffy on the inside, chewy on the outside, and topped with a pinch of kosher salt, Pretzel Bread is hot stuff these days.
Restaurants around our neighborhood are beginning to offer specialty sandwiches on pretzel buns, and even Wendy’s wants in on the action. This pretzel fervor is old news to those of us who love our carbs—we have long been aware of the wonder that is Pretzel Bread. From the tantalizing scent of Auntie Anne’s wafting through the mall to the envy we feel at the ballpark when the guy next to us settles in with his giant pretzel and cheese dip, Pretzel Bread is a thing to be revered, not resisted. Now, thanks to this homemade Pretzel Bread recipe, we can dig into that fluffy, golden pretzel goodness anytime we like.
As much as I would adore devouring an Auntie Anne’s pretzel every day of the week, I refrain because I know those pretzels are loaded with regrets. I wanted a simple, affordable, and healthy way to enjoy pretzel bread at home, and this recipe is result. I created a honey-sweetened dough with a touch of butter and whole wheat flour. Not only does the whole wheat flour add fiber, but also it provides an extra bit of pretzel chew, and its nutty flavor complements the honey. If you prefer, you can also make this recipe with 100% all-purpose flour or even bread flour. The vital wheat gluten in the recipe adds extra fluffiness to the Pretzel Bread, but if you are working with 100% bread flour (or don’t mind a denser texture if your final product), feel free to omit it.
In addition to wanting the recipe to be healthy, I also wanted to quicken the prep time so that I could reasonably enjoy Pretzel Bread on a weeknight. By upping the quantity of yeast, I was able to bake fluffy, tender rolls with only a single rise (most bread recipes call for two.) High five, Team Pretzel Bread!
With a single rise, honey-sweetened whole grains, and a simple at-home preparation, you don’t need to hit the mall or a restaurant to enjoy Pretzel Bread. Whether you use Pretzel Bread for a fancy sammie, a classic PB&J, or munch it solo for a tasty snack, you’ll love being able to make it on a whim. Watch out Wendy’s—easy homemade Pretzel Bread is ours for the baking!