Homemade Soft Pretzels Gluten Free Recipe

Homemade Soft Pretzels Gluten Free Recipe

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels are as close as a bag of gfJules Flour -- the flour that lets you make ANYTHING you're missing in your GF life. Try gfJules & see! gfJules.comGluten Free Soft Pretzels, just like everybody else’s Soft Pretzels, Bavarian Pretzels, Ball Park Pretzels, and Pretzel Bread … can be the same knots of delicious, soft, salted bread you remember! The best part? With gfJules #1-rated gluten free flour, you can make gluten free soft pretzels anytime you like!

Remember those ball park soft pretzels, still warm when the vendor handed them to you with tongs? Sprinkled with copious amounts of salt, smeared with mustard … just the thought of those treats transports me back to so many fond summer memories.

The taste and aroma of these amazingly soft, chewy gluten free pretzels will create all sorts of new fond memories. Double this recipe if you care to share!

Don’t skip the baking soda bath step. It’s crucial to getting the pretzels to be pretzel-y, rather than bread-y. The alkaline bath created by adding baking soda to the water for boiling helps to create a slight skin on the pretzels which prevents them from puffing up like mad when you bake them afterwards. Brushing with oil or egg before the final bath also gives them the sheen you need in a real soft pretzel.

So you see, the steps aren’t complicated, but they are important to making great gluten free soft pretzels!

This recipe is easily doubled, but remember: gluten free soft pretzels, just like wheat soft pretzels, are best enjoyed fresh. Next day soft pretzels just aren’t the same.

Happy pretzel making!

gluten free pretzels and beer overhead

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Gluten Free Recipe

gluten free soft pretzel
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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 gluten free soft pretzels

Ingredients

  • 7 Tbs. room temperature gluten free beer OR club soda
  • 1 tsp. granulated cane sugar
  • 1 package rapid rise/bread machine yeast, gluten free (e.g. Red Star®)
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute like 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal steeped in 3 Tbs. warm water)
  • 1 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
  • 1 1/3 cup + 2 Tbs. (197 gr.) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  •  oil for brushing on top of soft pretzels
  • (1/4 cup baking soda for soda bath)
  • coarse sea salt, sesame seeds, or other toppings of choice

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix liquid, sugar and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg and honey with the proofed yeast mixture. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Beat on low speed of an electric mixer for one minute, or until well-blended. If the dough is dry, add an additional 1 tablespoon gluten free beer or soda and mix well. The dough should hold together well without being overly sticky.

Turn dough out onto a clean surface or pastry mat very lightly dusted withgfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Divide dough into 4 even balls, then begin to gently roll each into long, skinny logs approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch in diameter.

gluten free soft pretzel twist #1

Take both ends of each log and twist into the middle.

Gently dab water under each of the ends of the twist to help them stick together, or they may release during the boil. Lay each pretzel onto a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.

gluten free soft pretzel twist #2

Use a pastry brush to dust off any excess flour, then liberally brush the pretzels with more water. Cover with a damp cloth and proof for 10-15 minutes in a warm place like an oven preheated to 200° F, then turned off.

gluten free soft pretzel pre rise

Preheat the oven to 375° (static) or 350° (convection).

Prepare a soda bath in a narrow, but tall pan, as the soda will make the water frothy. Add 1/4 cup baking soda to 6-8 cups of water (you can also add the remaining beer from the open bottle, if you like) and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir until the soda is completely dissolved.

Once the soda bath has achieved a rolling boil, gently submerge pretzels individually into the bath for 15-30 seconds on each side.

Remove with a slotted spoon or skimmer, drain and return the pretzels to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Brush the boiled pretzels lightly with oil or egg wash (1 egg whisked with 2 tablespoons water) to help them brown, and top with coarse sea salt or other toppings.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Do not over-bake!

gluten free soft pretzel on rack

Serve warm with your favorite gluten free mustard!

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32 thoughts on “Homemade Soft Pretzels Gluten Free Recipe

  1. What’s the difference between this and your other soft pretzel recipe? Ingredients are different, but how is the pretzel itself turn out?

    • Hi Abby, the results are quite similar but the one made with gluten free beer has a bite (in a good way) of flavor from the beer and the carbonation makes the dough a little lighter. I hope you enjoy them!
      ~jules

  2. Do you think that I can get good results using your pizza mix in place of the all purpose flour in this recipe? I’m all out of the all purpose but have pizza mix on-hand!

    • Hi Lea, what a cool idea! I haven’t tried it myself, but it could be a stunning new recipe! I’d suggest following the recipe for making baguettes with my pizza mix and put the dough into a gallon sized zip-top bag, then cut a small corner out of the bottom. Squeeze the dough directly into the boiling water to form a pretzel shape (think of making funnel cakes) and then let the boiling water “seal” the outside of the dough so it’s easier to handle because the pizza dough is very wet. Let me know how it goes!
      ~jules

  3. I did it! I have been so jealous of my husband when he orders little pretzel bites from the pizza place and dips them in the cheese sauce. But after my second attempt with this recipe I am jealous no more! My first attempt did not go well. I thought the dough was dry and added more beer. I should have waited until I was done mixing. They were too wet and didn’t hold their shape. The second time, I just rolled them out and cut them into bite sized pieces. They are wonderful! And for those who don’t like beer (like me!), I don’t even taste the beer. I keep gluten free beer for when I make beer batter for fish and don’t taste it in that, either. Thank you for coming up with a recipe for people like me who were wishing for soft pretzels! I would highly recommend this recipe, and your flour.

    • Oh Diane, that is fantastic! I’m so glad you didn’t give up after the first try! Sweet victory, and to the victor go the spoils!!!
      ~jules

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  6. Would they still be good with the club soda? I have never liked beer and would hate to have to buy a 6 pack for just one bottle…

    • Hi Katie, I totally understand your hesitation to buy a six pack for one recipe! Just use club soda – they’ll turn out just fine! Enjoy!
      ~jules

  7. My girls have been begging me to make soft pretzels.

    Thank you for the easy recipe! And you know I already have your flour 😉

    Chrystal

  8. do you need to eat them right away or do they keep a little while without hardening so that you can then simply microwave and serve?

    • Hi Amy, all soft pretzels are best when eaten soon after cooking, but you can always reheat them gently in the microwave to eat them later. Enjoy!
      ~jules

  9. I made these yesterday and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why they were so moist. I added a little flour while I was rolling them up but they literally were falling apart they were so wet.

    My aha! moment. I completely left out the 2TBS when adding my cup and 1/3 of flour LOL That explains it.

    Even with the mistake these are amazing. They were gone last night. Thank goodness for a husband that loves my cooking no matter what. He had no idea they weren’t perfect LOL

    • Sounds like you’ve got a keeper in that husband of yours, Jenni! And so glad you figured out what happened but enjoyed them nonetheless – that’s quite a review! Hope you enjoy them even more next time. Thanks for taking a minute to write me a note about how well the recipe turned out. Happy baking!
      ~jules

  10. These look beautiful, Jules. I love that the recipe only makes 4 too — that’s how I like to bake as well {in tiny batches}. I’ve never had a beer pretzel — such an interesting addition! What does the beer do in the recipe — is it for flavor or does it have other special properties? Just curious 🙂

    • Hi Audrey,
      I love the flavor the beer imparts in the pretzels – very subtle, but very nice! The carbonation & sugar also helps “encourage” the yeast. 🙂 I hope you get to try the recipe!
      ~jules

    • I’ve been making variations on this recipe for gluten free soft pretzels for years, Rachel. I can’t remember why I even started, but they were always easier to make than I’d imagined, so I just kept making them! So fun!
      ~jules