Soft, Chewy Pretzels and a virtual movie night

Super Satisfying Soft and Chewy Pretzel

Connection-the spice of life: that which makes it all matter. Connection is what I’ve most missed since the onset of this pandemic. And the connection to my family is what I most crave. 

Like so many other families with members dispersed across the globe, my family and I have had to be creative in finding ways to spend time together virtually. Once we began to realize that the end of this pandemic may actually not be in close sight, we began to search for other ways in which we could connect. Our daily check-ins and “how are-you”s, became longer chatting sessions, which eventually turned into meals. When we were eating dinner, my parents and brothers and their respective families were eating their breakfast. The meals eventually spilled over into a shared story time and at times, game-time and eventually move-time. Soon the virtual world held such a prominent space within our own physical space. There were moments, when we actually forgot the miles of distance that physically separated us and enjoyed the shared space that we had created. In that created space, we shared some beautifully honest and openly authentic moments: conversations that I knew would never ave occurred if we were physically in the same space. We had allowed ourselves to become more open, more vulnerable, because we had no idea when next we would be able to see each other again in person. And that feeling: that mixture of longing and love and fear created a beautiful vulnerability, which completely altered our relationship to something even more special and dear.

My dear Brother offered to read a book to my daughter virtually while he read to his own, in their living room. On one of his reading sessions, I headed into the kitchen to complete our bagels for our move night. I looked over at my daughter deeply engaged, and taking in each word that my brother was reading over the computer.

I was overwhelmed by a feeling love and gratitude: for the moment: for the shared space. I made quite a few batches of bagels, and shared a few with my neighbors. My neighbors declared them to be the best that they had ever tasted, and I would agree, if I might add. I’m pretty certain they were reacting to the feelings of love and gratitude that was baked into them.

5 from 1 vote

Soft, Chewy Pretzels and a virtual movie night

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 7 Calories: 596
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Beautifully, soft and chewy pretzel recipe




  1. Preheat the oven to 204°C / 400°F

  2. Sprinkle the yeast into your mixing bowl (let it dissolve for a couple of minutes)

  3. Stir in the sugar or honey, salt and melted butter. Mix well

  4. Add in the flour bit by bit, stirring in between each addition

  5. Stir this flour mixture until it becomes a thick dough. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.

  6. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic

  7. Place the dough into a bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes

  8. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized pieces

  9. Roll out each piece into a long rope

  10. Hold each end and bring them together to form a circle

  11. Now twist the ends and pull them down to form a pretzel and press down the edges

  12. To prepare the baking soda bath. Boil the water and add the baking soda.

  13. Drop 2 pretzels at a time into the boiling water and remove them after 30 seconds, using a slipped spoon or sieve or spatula (The pretzels will look pale and soggy, but thats ok)

  14. Put the pretzel onto your baking sheet and proceed with the rest of the dough

  15. At this stage, you can sprinkle your pretzel with course sea salt or sesame seeds or whatever toppings you like

  16. Put the tray into the oven and bake your pretzels until they are golden brown (between 12-15min).

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 400

Amount Per Serving
Calories 450kcal
Calories from Fat 350kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g36%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 224mg75%
Sodium 2038mg85%
Potassium 455mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 78g26%
Dietary Fiber 201g804%
Sugars 20g
Protein 40g80%

Vitamin A 5 IU
Vitamin C 3 mg
Calcium 8 mg
Iron 15 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: delicious, homemade, pretzels, bread

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