Olive oil soft pretzels are hearty and tender (and dairy-free). They feature that classic pretzel taste with a hint of olive oil flavor for a twist on a favorite bread recipe.
Prep Time 22minutes
Cook Time 12minutes
Rise Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour34minutes
1 1/2cupswarm water
2 1/4tspactive dry yeast(one packet)
4 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
Olive oilfor brushing
Coarse kosher saltor pretzel salt, for sprinkling
Add 1 1/2 cups warm water and yeast to a bowl (I used the bowl of my stand mixer) and let sit for 4-5 minutes. Stir to dissolve the yeast into the water.
Add flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl with the water/yeast. Begin to mix on low speed (so the flour doesn't fly everywhere), and then increase speed to medium as the ingredients begin to be worked in. Knead the dough this way for 2-3 minutes, or until a cohesive, only-slightly-sticky ball of dough forms.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set in a warm place for the dough to rise until about doubled in size. This took about an hour for me.
Once risen, separate dough into 8 equally-sized pieces. Preheat oven to 450°F. At this time fill a large pot with 10 cups of water and place it on the stovetop over high heat.
Roll each dough section into a narrow rope about 20"-24" long.
Form each rope into a U-shape and cross the very tops of the "U" over each other once, and then once again. This forms the pretzel twist.
Fold the rope in half, horizontally. It should resemble a pretzel! Press the bottom of the twist to the bottom of the pretzel to adhere. Repeat with the remainder of the dough, and place pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Once the pot of water is boiling, add 2/3 cup of baking soda and stir to dissolve. The water will bubble up, so please do this carefully.
Using kitchen tongs, transfer each pretzel to the pot of boiling water and submerge it for half a minute. I did this two at a time, so four batches. Return pretzels back to their baking sheets (they shouldn't look much different at all from pre-dunk).
Brush pretzels with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake pretzels for 12 or so minutes, or until the pretzels are a deep golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.