I love fresh out of the oven pretzels. I mean really who doesn't? But I've never had the desire to make them before until I moved to Australia. (Apparently Aussies only do the hard small ones as my neighbours had never heard of soft baked ones!) I use to go to this amazing German Coffee Shop in Grande Prairie, Alberta called 55a Kaffee. It was one the best things about my mornings, sitting and enjoying a coffee with a fresh pretzel in hand while the snow fell outside. Now that seems like a distant memory because there is nowhere to go for fresh baked pretzels in the Whitsundays!
Because necessity is the mother of all inventions, I knew that at some point I was going to have to breakdown a bake some. In all honesty I thought it was going to be this big drawn out process that was going to take hours, but truthfully they were super easy to make! The hardest part was getting them into that iconic "pretzel" shape. Lol I had a pretty steep learning curve! My first ones were fat and were more like pretzel buns but by the time I rolled out about six or seven of them I had it figured out.
This recipe is so buttery and full of deliciousness that if you eat them while they are still hot out of the oven you won't need to add anything! (But you could dip them in a spicy mustard or even chocolate...)