- 1 1/2 cups warm water 110 to 115°F
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 oz unsalted butter melted
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg
Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope. Wrap the dough into a spiral shape. Pinch a large piece of the dough in the front to shape a head. Pinch little pieces where the feet and hands should be to form feet and hands and a small piece at the end for the tail.
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Using a large sauce pan, fill with water and bring and the baking soda to a rolling boil.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
Beat one large egg. Brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6-7 minutes. After pretzels have cooled, add eyes to turtles. You can put drops of chocolate. Or you can stick sprinkles in for eyes. I cut a small slit and stuck sprinkles inside.
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown
Turtle Soft Pretzels
Amount Per Serving (1 pretzel)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Net Carbs 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.