Challah Pretzels

Challah PretzelsDo you celebrate Festivus on December 23rd? It’s the secular holiday made famous by the sitcom Seinfeld. It’s Festivus for the rest of us…and it’s what we’re celebrating today with an airing of grievances, feats of strength, the famous aluminum pole and traditional Festivus dinner. So gripe away while you’re planning your celebration. And be sure to add these challah pretzels to your menu.

Challah Pretzels (2)   My pretzel making days go back 15 years to when my youngest was in preschool. One of their craft projects with Mrs. Piccolo was to make homemade pretzels. From that day onward, I had numerous requests from Nick to bake up a batch of soft pretzels. When challah came up in our Tuesdays with Dorie queue, I decided to take half that dough to make challah pretzels. I adore an eggy bread and these pretzels were chewy and perfect. Some were sprinkled with coarse sea salt and the rest with sesame seeds. Bill came home from work and had a nibble off one, then a few minutes later another nibble, till he finally just finished the whole thing. Nick gave them his seal of approval as well. And he took a ziploc bagful back to campus after Thanksgiving break…I have a feeling they won’t last long.


Now check out all the other magnificent Festivus recipes from my lovely friends. Do you remember these Seinfeld episodes? Feel free to leave any grievances in the comments!

Challah Pretzels
Adapted from Baking with Julia, a Lauren Groveman recipe
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup lukewarm water (about 110°)
  • ⅓ cup sugar, plus a pinch
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons, melted butter
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 egg beaten with 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon
  • cream to glaze
  • About 6 cups bread flour
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water with the pinch of
  2. sugar and let stand until creamy and starting to bubble.
  3. Combine the butter pieces and milk in a microwave safe container. Heat in microwave till the butter melts. Stir in the remaining ⅓ cup of sugar, the honey and salt. Let cool slightly (mixture should be lukewarm not hot). Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and, with the paddle attachment, stir in the dissolved yeast and the 4 eggs.
  4. Add 5 cups of the flour and mix till combined. Switch out to your dough hook, and knead for 8-10 minutes, till dough is smooth and elastic (adding as much additional flour as needed so that dough cleans the sides of the bowl).
  5. Brush a large bowl generously with some of the melted butter. Transfer the dough to the buttered bowl and brush the top with the remaining melted butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  6. Punch down the dough, then cover and let rise until doubled in bulk again,about 1¼ hours.
  7. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough in half. Cover one half with plastic wrap and divide the other half into 8 equal pieces Using lightly floured hands, roll each piece into a 12-14-inch rope. Shape into a pretzel shapes by making two loops then crossing one tail across the other. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Cover and let rise till doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  9. Brush with egg and cream glaze and sprinkle with coarse salt, sesame or poppy seeds.
  10. Preheat oven to 375º Bake for 20 minutes, brush with more glaze if desired, then rotate pans and bake for another 10 minutes or till pretzels are golden.
Yield: 16-24 pretzels
Total time: 4 hours

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  1. Yummy yummy yummy! They look amazing Liz!

  2. A nibble on a fresh, hot soft pretzel? Oh no! I’d eat that whole thing in no time and hide the rest so I could have them all to myself.

  3. I have yet to make challah and this pretzel version sure sounds fantastic !

  4. I love pretzels love them but have only made them once ages ago. I really should make them again but now I am intrigued by your lovely recipe. I mean a cross between challah and pretzels? I’m bookmarking this! What fun! And as usual, whatever you make is so beautiful! Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!

  5. I love making soft pretzles and I have my kids help me. They love to play with the dough and make shapes. Theirs usually ends up way too tough since they would rather play with the dough ( massively over work it) than just form pretzels, but they have fun and that is all that matters. I love challah so I definitely need to try making your recipe. I think I will make them on Christmas with my kids! Thank you so much for participating – I am loving all the recipes everyone made! Happy Festivus!

  6. Oh, Liz!! I adore Seinfeld!! Tried to introduce it to my son a few years back, but he wasn’t old enough and he said there was nothing funny in the show. Now that he’s almost 18, he “gets” it. I love watching it with him and everyone once in a while he’ll realize something that we say in our everyday life is a Seinfeldism! He’d love the pretzels too. I haven’t made them in ages… I’ll have to break out the dough!!

  7. I haven’t tried making homemade pretzels yet but these challah ones look fantastic Liz! Haha loved that Seinfeld episode, Happy Festivus 😉

  8. I really do love challah and your pretzels look beautiful Liz!

  9. What incredible pretzels, they look so wonderfully golden!

  10. Ooooh I love challah and I didn’t know you could make challah pretzels! They look and sound amazing!

  11. My grievance – slow people in the left lane. Drives me nuts!

  12. Delicious and authentic! Definitely on my future baking list! 🙂 ela

  13. What irks me is the times I hold the door open for a random person, just as common friendly gesture, and the person I hold the door for is texting and does’t even say thank you or acknowledges the fact I am going out of the way to hold the door, they just waltz right in and continue to text! Sometimes I just want to sarcastically say “You’re welcome your highness!” but I usually just keep that thought to myself and carry on.

  14. Ha ha ha no Festivus for me but I would gladly embrace this tradition over this awesome combo of challah pretzels.

  15. I think challah would make great pretzels. I vote for rolling them in cinnamon sugar! Right now my grievance is with the drivers license bureau. I have to renew on my birthday and I should be able to renew online, but online says I can’t, but the person says i can!

  16. I just made pretzels this weekend and loved them! Can’t wait to try this version 🙂

  17. One of the best things about Manhattan are the soft pretzel vendors on the street. God I love those things and yours look perfect!!

  18. These look lovely, never braved making pretzels before, I love them so much I keep backing out of making them I’m afraid they will turn out terrible! I really must brave up and give them a go 🙂 Happy Festivus 😀

  19. DEEEEElish!

    I’ll have some Dijon Mustard w/ those, please. Xx

  20. My daughter love challah and also pretzels – I must make these for her while I am off work over the holidays. Soft pretzels are so good anyway and this would just make them better.

    I have enjoyed this project and thanks so much for participating – it has been a wonderful experience for me and I can’t even enter the giveaways!

  21. This is the first year that I’ve heard of Festivus and must admit I never watched Seinfeld, but now I’m curious. I’m also curious about these pretzels, boy they look good!

  22. What really irks me is when you are driving behind someone and they slow down ,you know they are going to do something ,then they make a turn and never use turn signals or they turn the turn signal on after they already start into the turn. They think turn signals are optional.
    The pretzels look yummy!

  23. I love homemade pretzels and haven’t made them in ages! These look gorgeous & so perfectly golden, Liz!

  24. I love Pretzels and I never knew we could make challah pretzels… Good one!

  25. Conference calls the run late…especially when it is after 5pm already.

  26. I’ll admit that I think Festivus is really cute. John is happy to provide a pole of empty beer cans, so we’re in.

    I will have to try these pretzels. I’ve never made them before. 🙂

  27. Liz your Challah Pretzels look fantastic. Challah is definitely been the rage this year online and in so many varieties, from pretzel form, pumkin, regular braided, etc. What will we come up with next. There’s nothing like a great slice of challah with real butter on it. However, these pretzel ones sure do sound terrific!

    Lots of fun stuff posted here. Now to browse the other sites.

  28. So pretty Liz! Can’t wait to try these.

  29. I love challah & Seinfeld! Looking forward to making these 🙂 Happy Festivus!

  30. I live in FL now, but, when I was NY / NJ area, this bread was ubiquitous. In FL, it is harder to find and the ones I find are nowhere as good as the ones from up north. So, thanks for this recipe. I am going to try making it at home.

  31. That’s one of my favorite episode with the “Festivus” made up holiday. I love this pretzels Liz. 🙂

  32. Your pretzels look very more-ish Liz!

  33. “These pretzels are making me thirsty”. Flipping classic. I love Seinfeld. And Festivus.

    This is such a cool recipe Liz. I think I need to try this asap. The photos are stunning.

    Happy Festivus.

  34. So golden brown and beautiful! I love those soft challah pretzels.

  35. I remember that episode of Seinfeld. It was strange but oh so funny xx

  36. Chewy pretzels are the best! What a great idea to use challah dough, Liz. You are so smart! Happy Festivus!

  37. This is adorable!! I love that you are celebrating festivus in this way and all the amazing connections to Seinfeld, makes me want to go watch old episodes.

  38. That sounds interesting pretzel with challah dough, oh so good. Enjoy and Sienfield never gets boring. Love it.

  39. Lizzy, these look so delicious. Although we have a homemade pretzel tradition at our house, I had never thought of using Challah-style dough. I would love to try this recipe, but I will have to sneak and make them while the hubsters is at work. He would be outrageously offended at using a different recipe because he is King of the pretzel making at our house. 🙂 Oh…I guess that counts as my “irk”…John is too territorial in the kitchen and does not accept suggestions or change if he is King in Charge over something, even pretzels.

  40. Do you even know how much I love challah? Because I love it, a lot and to make it into a pretzel? Awesome, I bet this would make one rocking challah pretzel sandwich.

  41. I have always wanted to make homemade soft pretzels… these look fabulous.

  42. Challah is a Christmas staple in my house, lots and lots of french toast 🙂 I had no idea you could marry together challah and pretzel, those sound fantastic. Really fluffy, yum Liz! Have a great great holiday!


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