I hadn't made any dough-based recipes before this for the blog but after making these vegan pretzel sticks, I may have to reconsider!
These homemade treats are super easy to make, nice and soft and they have a slight crunch on the outside.
Once they were baked, I brushed them with a delicious maple butter coating. This took to them to the next level and I can't wait to see what you think!
For some more light and fluffy treats, check out my vegan krispy kreme style donuts.
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HOW TO MAKE VEGAN PRETZEL STICKS STEP-BY-STEP
Below you can take a look at a quick overview of how to make my chocolate-filled pancakes. The full method is down on the recipe card. If you’re looking for detailed steps, be sure to see it!
STEP ONE - PROOF THE YEAST
Firstly, add the instant yeast, maple syrup and warm water to medium bowl. Mix until the yeast dissolves. It should then begin to foam.
STEP TWO - PREPARE THE DOUGH
Next, gradually mix in the flour and salt. The dough will become shaggy. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until the dough is smooth. If it is sticky rub on a little extra flour.
STEP THREE - LET THE DOUGH RISE
Place the dough ball into a large bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and let it rise at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
STEP FOUR - CUT OUT THE DOUGH & PREHEAT OVEN
Preheat your oven to 230 Celsius. Remove the risen dough from the bowl and cut into roughly 10 strips. With your hands, roll the dough strips into 'sausage' shaped sticks. If a strip is really long cut into two, then roll.
STEP FIVE - BOIL THE BAKING SODA BATH
To a large pot, add the cold water and baking soda and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the pretzel sticks one at a time for 15 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to scoop them out. Drain fully then place onto a lined baking tray.
STEP SIX - BAKE YOUR PRETZEL STICKS
Place your pretzel sticks in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. When they're ready, brush maple butter over them. I also dipped mine in melted chocolate!
MAKING THE VEGAN MAPLE BUTTER
To make my maple butter glaze simply mix together 100ml melted vegan butter and 100ml maple syrup. It tastes SO GOOD!
Homemade Soft Pretzel Sticks
For the dough:
- 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
- 1.5 teaspoons maple syrup
- 230 ml warm water
- 400 g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
For the baking soda bath:
- 1 L Cold water
- 40 g Baking soda
- Pinch of coarse salt on each pretzel stick optional
For the maple glaze:
- 100 ml vegan butter melted
- 100 ml maple syrup
For the chocolate dip: (optional)
- 350 g vegan chocolate melted
Making the dough:
- Firstly, you need to proof the instant yeast to see if it is active. Add the yeast to a medium bowl along with the maple syrup and warm water.
- Mix until the yeast has dissolved fully. As it is instant yeast, it should begin to foam almost straight away.
- Next, gradually add in the flour and sprinkle in the salt. The dough will become shaggy once all of the flour has been mixed in.
- Knead the dough continuously for 5-7 minutes until it is nice and smooth. If it's still sticky, rub on a little extra flour.
- Place your kneaded dough ball into a large bowl. Cover it with a clean tea towel and let it rise at room temperature for 40-45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 230 Celsius.
- Remove the risen dough from the bowl and cut into roughly 10 strips. With your hands, roll the 10 dough strips into 'sausage' shaped sticks. If a strip is really long cut into two.
Baking soda bath:
- To a large pot/saucepan, add the cold water and baking soda. Bring to a gentle simmer then the baking soda bath is ready. Add the pretzel sticks one by one for 15 seconds each. Use a slotted spoon to scoop them out. Drain fully then carefully place them onto a parchment-lined baking tray.
- Garnish each pretzel stick with a dash of coarse salt if you wish.
Baking the pretzel sticks:
- Place your pretzel sticks in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Every oven is different so keep an eye on them!
- When they're ready, brush the maple butter over them. I also dipped mine in melted chocolate!