Omni 18L Family- Soft Pretzels


  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 oz butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Salt or Sesame
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Mix warm milk, brown sugar, and yeast in a large container. Let it rest for around 15 minutes for yeast to activate.
  • When the yeast is active with bubbles on the surface, sift flour, 2 tbsp of melted butter and the yeast milk mixture in a bowl to knead by hand or mixing bowl of the stand mixer. Use the dough hook to knead in the stand mixer with low speed for 5-6 minutes.
  • Brush bottom of a stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl with some of the remaining melted butter. Place dough in the bowl. Turn the dough to cover all surfaces with butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Place the bowl in a warm spot and let it proof until the dough is doubled. Alternatively, if you have an Omni Pro, place the bowl on the cooking pan at the Proofing level. Touch PROOF. Set oven temperature to 100°F and set the time for 1 hour. Press START.
  • When the program ends, take the dough out.
  • Lay parchment paper on a large tray and on the cooking pan. Set aside.
  • Shape the dough into a log. Cut in half. Divide each half into 4 equal pieces of around 3 oz, to have 8 pieces in total.
  • Add water to a large pot and let it simmer on medium heat on the stove. Alternatively, you can add water to an Instant Pot pressure cooker and select SAUTÉ Function-High for 30 minutes. When the bubbles start to come up, add baking soda to the water. Stir until soda is dissolved.
  • Shape each dough piece into a small log. Then roll and stretch with your palms into a long 25-inch rope, on a flat, clean surface. Do not sprinkle flour on the surface.
  • Lift and bend the ends of the rope to make a U shape. Cross one end over the other twice to make a double twist in the middle. Fold down the ends and attach them to the bottom of the U to form a pretzel shape.
  • Once you shape the pretzels, transfer them to the large tray. Gently dip both sides of 4 of the pretzels into the simmering soda solution for 3 seconds. Take pretzels out of the water with the help of a skimming ladle. Place on the cooking pan.
  • Sprinkle coarse salt or sesame on top of the pretzels.
  • Select the BAKE function on your Omni. Set the temperature to 420°F and set the time to 7 minutes. Press START.
  • When the oven has preheated, place cooking pan at to the baking level.
  • When the pretzels are nicely browned, CANCEL the program and take the tray out. Brush top of the pretzels with the remaining melted butter.
  • Repeat steps 12-15 for the remaining 4 pretzels.
  • Let pretzels rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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