Bringing Back Old Fashion Pretzels
Who would have thought that making pretzels from scratch was so easy. These Skillet Pretzels look amazing with their rustic appearance and taste as good as they look. Those old Bavarian large pretzels always looked so impressive. I always thought pretzel were hard to make, but they aren’t! This is a fun, delicious project to make with the whole family. Young children could find this especially fun.
How To Make Skillet Pretzels
The first time I made these Skillet Pretzels I thought “These are crazy easy!” I had always wondered how pretzels were made. Little did I know that all you need is pizza dough to make these. I thought it was a special kind of dough mixture. So I just made my regular pizza dough. You can use any recipe. You can either make your own dough like I did or you can buy it pre-made from the store. Just punch it down after it rises and let it rise again. Then it is time to start working on making the pretzels. This is the fun part!
After your dough is ready, oil or flower your hands and form the dough into a log like shape, about 12 inches long. Cut the dough into 16 equal size pieces. Don’t worry if some are larger than others. It all works out in the end. Roll them into balls in the palm of your hands. Place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. This helps them not stick to a surface.
Cooking The Skillet Pretzels
First thing is to get everything prepared. When cooking the Skillet Pretzels make sure to grease your cast iron skillet with cooking spray or olive oil. Fill a large pot two thirds full of water. Heat to boiling over medium heat. When the water is boiling add the baking soda. It will fizz up really fast to the top of the pot but it will die back down just as fast.
Take about 5 to 6 of the pre-made dough balls and carefully put them into the prepared boiling baking soda water. Flip them over in the water after about 45 to 60 seconds. Remove them and arrange them in your prepared oiled skillet. Keep doing this until all of the balls are done and fill the skillet. I arrange the largest balls around the outside rim of the skillet and place the smaller ones, if there are any in the middle. Cut and X on the tops of the balls with a sharp knife and then sprinkle the tops with your choice of salt. You can use flakey salt, pretzel salt or plan old sea salt works as well. I like the flakey salt myself. I like that big taste of salt on my pretzels.
Put them into a preheated oven at 425 degrees and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned on top and bottom. Remove and serve warm. I love these with my Vegan Beer Cheese Dip recipe or spicy marinara sauce.
I hope you enjoy these fun delicious Skillet Pretzels as much as we do.
- 1 Large bowl
- 1 Mixing spoon
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- 1 Set of measuring cups
- 1 Set of measuring spoons
- 1 Sharp knife
- 1 9 to 10 inch cast iron skillet
- 1 Large Pot
- 1 Tongs or fork, to turn the pretzels over in the water
- 1 Package of Pizza Dough, or make your own
- 2 quarts Of Water
- ¼ cup Baking Soda
- Flakey Salt, Pretzel Salt or Sea Salt
- Olive Oil, to coat skillet
- Preheat oven to 425°
- After the pizza dough has risen. Punch it down and let rise again. When it has risen take the dough and make it into a round log like shape about 12 inches long. Cut into 16 equal pieces. Roll them into ball shapes in the middle of the palms of your hands. Place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Grease your cast iron skillet with olive oil.
- In a large pot add water to ⅔ full ( or at least 2 quarts) Bring to a boil over medium heat. Carefully add the baking soda. It is going to fizz and bubble up really fast but it will go right back down.
- Add 5 to 6 balls of dough into the boiling water and carefully flip them over in the water for about 45 to 60 seconds.
- Remove and arrange in the skillet. Repeat until all of the dough balls have been heated in the boiling baking soda water. When arranging the balls start with an outside arrangement of 11 balls around the skillet first and 5 for the middle.
- When the skillet is full and arranged cut an X on the top of the balls and then sprinkle the tops with your choice of salt.
- Put in the 425° preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned on the tops and bottom. Remove and serve warm as is or with vegan butter, my Vegan Beer Cheese Dip or marinara sauce.