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Light bites • Savoury

Jasjit’s Pretzel Puffs

Jasjit Marwah, Habanero Consulting Inc.
Jasjit Marwah

Front-End Developer

I celebrated my first Christmas in Canada at a potluck with friends. We’ve followed the tradition every year since and I continue to bake these every year!

Pretzel Puffs



  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (brown or white)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cool
  • 3 ¾ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt

Baking soda bath

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 9 cups water


Step 1

Whisk warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a bowl. Cover yeast mixture and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until foamy on top. Add salt, melted butter and 3 cups of flour.

Step 2

Using either a hand mixer with dough attachment or a stand mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed, then add ¾ cup of flour. Beat on low speed until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. If dough is extremely sticky after 1 minute of mixing, add remaining ¼ cup of flour and continue to beat for 1 more minute.

Step 3

Knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes. Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rest for 10 to 30 minutes. (Meanwhile, get the baking soda and water boiling as instructed in step 6.)

Step 4

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Step 5

With a sharp knife, cut dough into six equal pieces. Sprinkle work surface very lightly with flour and roll each piece of dough into a 20-inch rope. Cut each rope into 1½ to 2-inch pieces.

Step 6

Mix water and baking soda together in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Place 8 to 10 pieces of dough at a time into the boiling water for a quick 10 to 15 seconds, then lift them out and allow the excess water to drip off. Place them onto prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with coarse sea salt while they are still wet.

Step 7

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Photos from Jasjit

Four small and two large steel bowls filled with ingredients sit on a kitchen counter next to a packet of instant dry yeast.
Jasjit’s mis-en-place for pretzel puffs.
A silicone-lined baking tray holds rows of pretzel dough topped with sesame seeds.
A tray of pretzel puffs, ready for the oven.

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