There’s nothing more infuriating than needing a skill that you can’t find. A while back I watched some guy ‘discuss’ twisting a pretzel. End result, I was like “DUDE, clearly you don’t get the purpose of sharing information.
He reminded me a lot of THAT professor you have in college that talks AT you rather to you. The whole pretzel twisting thing just escaped the premises of his video. So, after that crap video, I swore up and down not only would I make clear food videos but actually SHOW how to twist a soft pretzel.
Since I make then a lot, I don’t actually think about it. However, since I made a batch of fresh soft bread pretzels, I figured this was the perfect time!
How To Twist A Soft Pretzel
First roll your dough into a 3 foot piece. Then divide it again (cutting), roll again into another 3 foot piece. Divide this. Now, place it into a horseshoe. You are pretty much working backwards, at least that is what I say.
Now, it’s time to do the first twist, are you ready? Here’s what it should look like if you’ve done it right! It’s not hard, look at that.
Ready for the last twist and pull to you? That’s all it is. You will again twist the tails and them pull the tails to you to complete the pretzel. Let’s go!
Topping Your Pretzel
Here’s where you can have fun. If you are making plain dough pretzels, try butter and garlic salt. If you want a sweet and sugary topping, opt for cinnamon and sugar after quickly brushing the pretzel with melted butter.
For those that love cheese, top it with freshly grated mozzarella when it comes out of the oven and it will melt. However, if you are a total pizza junkie try topping it with a bit of sauce, cheese and pepperoni and let it sit in the warm oven for few minutes more.
Pepperoni only? When you twist the pretzels, top them off with pepperoni slices and bake them when you bake the pretzels. It’s super easy to create fun toppings, just put atop a pretzel what you would on bread.
Get creative, and let your twisting help your creativity. Last, don’t forget that plain old salt will go far. After all that is how the pretzels originally were right?
If you are looking for great pretzel bread dough, stay tuned. For now, if you want cinnamon pretzel twists, be sure to see my recipe.
The Truth In Twisting
Truly twisting a pretzel is NOT rocket science, but it can be confusing. My best advice is this, try and try, and practice makes perfect. With that in mind, let me share a few images of Soft Pretzel twisting and you can also watch the video.
I believe that the video is very helpful and then you can make your own dough and twist soft pretzels.