We love homemade pretzels (see our recipe for soft pretzels). So we thought it would be fun to mash up our pretzel recipe with hotdogs and make homemade pretzel dogs!
Homemade Pretzel DogsMakes 14-16 Pretzel dogs
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115F)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 packages of hot dogs
- 2 egg yolks
We followed our Soft Pretzel Recipe.
In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, and yeast. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Wait about 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. It will start to bubble or foam a little.
Add the flour and oil, then mix until combined.
Drop the dough out on a smooth surface (we just use our dining room table), and knead for 7-10 minutes. If you are fortunate enough to have a stand mixer with a dough hook, just mix on low for 5 minutes. I actually enjoy the kneading!
Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour. The dough should roughly double in size.
Preheat the oven to 400F and start boiling 10 cups of water in a large pot. Once you have a strong boil, pour in 2/3 cup baking soda. Also, get a baking sheet ready with either a silpat, or lightly oiled parchment paper.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
Roll each piece into 16 inch long ropes. The dough is very elastic, so it will tend to shrink a few inches as soon as you stop rolling it out - that's normal.
While wrapping the dough around the hotdogs, twist the rope of dough, so it looks something like this when you're done.
Carefully lower the pretzel dogs into the boiling water, one at a time, for 30 seconds. They will initially sink to the bottom, but will float up to the top after 20-25 seconds.
Place on baking sheet.
Brush the egg yolk on the tops of the pretzels, then sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the top (use as much as you'd like).
Bake at 400F degrees for 10-12 minutes, until you get a nice brown exterior. Serve and enjoy!
Total time: 90 minutes
If you have dough left over, or only want to make use one pack of hot dogs, you can use the leftover dough to make some soft pretzels!