Sourdough Soft Pretzels for Less than $1

Hopefully it's made very clear that I am PRETZEL OBSESSED. I shared this pretzel bites recipe (after my first pretzel twists looked terrible) which is shockingly easy. And in case you're like me and want a challenge (and also love your sourdough starter), let's talk about how delicious and inexpensive sourdough soft pretzels are!

Assuming you have a sourdough starter: this whole endeavor will be $2.33 for probably 4 batches of pretzels? That means to follow this recipe and make about 12 soft pretzels, it will cost you FIFTY-EIGHT CENTS. 

Related: Simple Healthy Breakfast Casserole | Homemade Everything Bagels

That's with Aldi prices, people. Why shop anywhere else? I am the shameless, unpaid hype girl for Aldi forever and ever amen. 

What you need: 

  • half cup of baking soda: $0.55 for the whole box at Aldi
  • 4 cups flour: $1.29 for 5lb bag
  • 2 teaspoons Salt: $0.45 
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons sugar (or honey!): $2.19 for 4lb bag 
  • 1 egg, stirred
  • Sourdough starter

What you do:

  1. Mix together half a cup of active, bubbly sourdough starter with about 1 cup warm water, 4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large mixing bowl. I mix by hand just because it's easier. If the dough sticks to your hand too much, add another tablespoon of flour. If the dough is too tough to knead and fold, add another tablespoon of water.
  2. Cover the dough with a wet towel for 8-12 hours. I usually mix the dough before bed, and first thing in the morning, start to make the actual pretzels. 
  3. In the morning, pull a piece of dough out that's just smaller than your palm. Roll it into about a 16" rope, and twist into a pretzel shape. Here's a video if you need help!
  4. Once again, cover the twisted pretzels on your baking sheet and let them rest for about an hour. 
  5. While the pretzels rest, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and start to boil a pot of water with half a cup of baking soda. 
  6. An hour later, boil each pretzel twist for 30 seconds. 
  7. Brush with the egg. 
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, until slightly golden brown. 
  9. Change the oven setting to Broil and bake the pretzels for 1-2 more minutes until they reach the perfect level of golden brown that you want. 
Bonus: after brushing with the egg, sprinkle with salt or everything bagel seasoning (also from Aldi!!).


I was inspired by all the recipes at Little Spoon Farm, so if you're looking for more sourdough inspiration, check her blog out!

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