German soft pretzels, called Laugenbrezeln in German, are a popular baked good found in bakeries all over the country... now you make them at home!

First, make the dough by mixing flour, salt, sugar, yeast, butter, water, and milk.

Let the dough rise for one hour, then knead it again and cut it into eight pieces.

Roll out the pieces of dough into long sausages, then give them their unique pretzel shape. Let them rest for a few more minutes.

Give the pretzels a 30 second bath in hot water mixed with baking soda. That's what gives them their brown color during baking.

Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt if desired and bake them in the oven for approx. 20 minutes.

Fresh pretzels taste delicious with some butter or a German beer cheese spread (recipe available on the website).