Whole Wheat Sourdough Soft Pretzel Recipe

By | July 25, 2016

This whole wheat sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels. Learn how to make them here!

This whole wheat sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels.

I came up with a homemade whole wheat soft pretzel recipe awhile ago, using a modified version of Alton Brown’s recipe. After taking the Sourdough e-course at GNOWFGLINS, I wanted to come up with a version that uses my sourdough starter. So I played around with the original recipe and finally came up with a sourdough version that I loved.

This sourdough pretzel recipe is easy to make and oh so yummy. These pretzels smell amazing right out of the oven.

Whole Wheat Sourdough Soft Pretzel Recipe

This whole wheat sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels. Learn how to make them here!

Sourdough Pretzel Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (may need more)
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse pretzel salt

If you don’t already have a sourdough starter, or don’t want to go to the hassle of making your own, you can buy a sourdough starter that will work just fine. Just make sure to follow the package instructions to wake it up before proceeding with this recipe.

This whole wheat sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels. Learn how to make them here!

Sourdough Soft Pretzel Recipe Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the sourdough starter, water, melted butter, and flour. You may need to add additional flour. You want a dough that is not sticky. Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.  This will develop the sour and tangy flavor that you want.

When ready to make your pretzels, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the 2/3 cup baking soda to the water. (This will bubble rapidly for a little bit before calming down.)

Meanwhile, divide your dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a long rope. Form the rope into a U shape and twist. Press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.  If you can’t visualize how to twist it into the typical soft pretzel shape, here is a great video to show you how to shape them.

One at a time, drop the pretzels into boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain.

Place the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper brushed with oil or a silicone baking mat. Brush each pretzel with the egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then enjoy!

This sourdough pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels. Learn how to make them here!

Notes about this whole wheat soft pretzel recipe:

  • I have also used Tropical Traditions coconut oil or olive oil in place of the butter in this sourdough soft pretzel recipe. However for best taste, use real butter.
  • If grinding your own flour fresh, use a hard wheat. You can also try kamut but that may change the amount of flour you need slightly. A blend of Kamut and hard wheat also works well.
  • I ended up using close to 5 1/2 cups of flour, but mine was freshly ground. (I have a Nutrimill flour mill.  If you want to grind your own flour, I highly recommend this one!)
  • I could not find pretzel salt in my regular grocery store. I was able to find it however, in a bulk food shop. Amazon carries it too if you can’t find a local source.

Want to learn to make a sourdough starter from scratch? Learn how in the book Wild Bread – Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen

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This whole wheat sourdough soft pretzel recipe is one you will make again and again. Slightly sour and perfectly chewy, it is hard to eat just one of these yummy pretzels. Learn how to make them here!

This sourdough soft pretzel recipe is a favorite of my kids. If you try it, you will have to come back here and let me know how you liked it. So tell me… What is your favorite sourdough recipe?

22 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Sourdough Soft Pretzel Recipe

  1. Laurie

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at Brag About It! Pinned to share.

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  2. Shirley Wood

    I’ve never made my own but I often buy pretzels while shopping at Sam’s Club. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. Pinned.

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  3. Theresa

    I’ve made pretzels a few times. Our house gets so cold in the winter it’s hard to get the pretzels to rise. But, I need to try again. Yours turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing at the #InspiraitonSpotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

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  4. Gina

    Ooooh! I love this! I’ve been making my own soft pretzels for a few years now. I never really enjoyed making them whole wheat. But, I’ve never tried a sourdough starter before. It sounds like just what I need!

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  5. Janet Vinyard

    Hi Jennifer, This recipe looks great – I’ll have to check out the sourdough starter. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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  6. Carolyn

    These look great! I have had pretzels on my mind for a while now to try, and I think this will be the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Meg

    This looks so yummy! I haven’t really dealt with sourdough starter before, but I love sourdough bread! I grew up living trips to Boudin Bakery in San Francisco for the bread. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Amy

    I love pretzels and I love sourdough so a winning recipe all around. This is my feature selection for the Friday Feature link party on Simply Sweet Home!
    Hugs
    Amy

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  10. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Jen, I love big, fresh, warm pretzels. They have just enough salt and the sourdough flavor would be perfect together! I am yumming and pinning this, once I grab a sourdough starter this will be on our menu for sure! Thanks for sharing. I’m drooling! Yum!

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