Homemade Challah Pretzels
Homemade Challah Pretzels are chewy, delicious and won’t last long! Perfect to celebrate Festivus, but just as wonderful for game day, an afternoon snack, or ANY excuse you can think of to make them!
Do 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.
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 chewy, irresistible challah pretzels to your menu.
Pretzels from Scratch
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 learn how to make 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 of these homemade pretzels, 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.
More Seinfeld Inspired Recipes:
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!
- Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen is making Marble Rye from “The Rye”
- Renee from Magnolia Days is making Eggnog Frozen Yogurt from “The Non-Fat Yogurt”
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is making Homemade Challah Pretzels from “The Alternate Side”
- Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut is making Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes from “The Hamptons”
- Kelli from Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts is making a Big Salad from “The Big Salad”
- Marnely from Cooking with Books is making Apple Pie from “The Pie”
- Diane from Created by Diane is making Black and White Cookies from “The Dinner Party”
- Anita from Hungry Couple is making Chocolate Babka from “The Dinner Party”
Chewy Challah Pretzels made with a rich egg bread dough!
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water (about 110°)
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus a pinch
- 4 ounces butter, cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons, melted butter
- 1 cup milk (whole milk preferred)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 egg beaten with 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon
- cream to glaze
- 6 cups bread flour, will vary depending on the humidity
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water with the pinch of sugar and let stand until creamy and starting to bubble.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Punch down the dough, then cover and let rise until doubled in bulk again,about 1¼ hours.
- 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.
- Cover and let rise till doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Brush with egg and cream glaze and sprinkle with coarse salt, sesame or poppy seeds.
- 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
Adapted from Baking with Julia, a Lauren Groveman recipe.
Serving Size:1 pretzel
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 421mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g
45 Comments on “Homemade Challah Pretzels”
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.
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.
That sounds interesting pretzel with challah dough, oh so good. Enjoy and Sienfield never gets boring. Love it.
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.
Chewy pretzels are the best! What a great idea to use challah dough, Liz. You are so smart! Happy Festivus!
I remember that episode of Seinfeld. It was strange but oh so funny xx
So golden brown and beautiful! I love those soft challah pretzels.
“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.
Your pretzels look very more-ish Liz!
That’s one of my favorite episode with the “Festivus” made up holiday. I love this pretzels Liz. 🙂
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.
I love challah & Seinfeld! Looking forward to making these 🙂 Happy Festivus!
So pretty Liz! Can’t wait to try these.
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.
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. 🙂
Conference calls the run late…especially when it is after 5pm already.
I love Pretzels and I never knew we could make challah pretzels… Good one!
I love homemade pretzels and haven’t made them in ages! These look gorgeous & so perfectly golden, Liz!
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!
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!