The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread Recipe

The BEST Homemade Pretzel Bread recipe ever. Seriously, once you make this you will never be able to eat store-bought pretzel bread again! It’s dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious.

Servings 2 loaves (or 8 buns)


2 ¼ tsp yeast
1 cup warm water 105-110 degrees F
2 TBS whole milk
3 TBS brown sugar
4 TBS butter melted
1 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 quarts water
½ cup baking soda
Kosher salt to taste
2 TBS butter melted
1-2 TBS coarse sea salt


  1. Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand for 5 minutes (until foamy).
  2. While yeast is proofing…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
  3. Once yeast is proofed, add milk/butter to yeast mixture and mix on low speed with dough hook until just combined.
  4. Add salt and flour and mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated.
  5. Knead in your mixer until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball, you may need to add a little more flour 1 TBS at a time, but be careful, you want your dough a little tacky but not too sticky to handle.
  6. Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place to let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda (Be careful or you will have a baking soda/water explosion)!
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
  9. Visit Homemade Pretzel Bread @ for full instructions.

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