Our fave recipes for lifting your pretzel game - whether you like 'em snack-sized or big and bready.
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3 Jun 2019 - 1:58 PM  UPDATED 1 Jul 2020 - 10:57 AM

Sure you could just eat those little crunchy numbers that come in a bag. Or maybe heaven for you is big, shiny, chewy, salt-flecked Bavarian twists fresh from the oven. Whichever way you embrace this twisted star, (the Food team refuse to choose because we like both) we've got good news.

Here are our fave ideas for using little crunchy pretzels, or baking your own big twists (or if you'd rather skip the twist, SBS Food's baking guru, Anneka Manning has a great pretzel roll recipe).

Let's start with the small stuff. 

1. Hazelnut mousse, strawberry and pretzel parfaits

'Cause we all need a bit of crunchy-salty goodness in our lives! The whole thing takes about 40 minutes to make and good news if you need to be wheat-free: blogger Gabriel Cabrera of Artful Desperado, who shared this recipe with us, makes his with gluten-free pretzels. 

2. Crackle

Before Australia got excited about making crack, Christina Tosi came up with this recipe for another buttery, brittle way to use up stuff that's sitting in the pantry. She describes this as a "choose-your-own-adventure" because you can swap out the pretzels for other fave snacks, cereal, crackers, chips, snack mix, granola or nuts and seeds. And while she says it will keep for up to a month in an airtight container, she also says "try not to gobble it all up immediately". Don't say we didn't warn you. 

 

3. Peanut butter pretzel carnage

 Of course, snack pretzels had to get in on the monster shake movement. The name says it all. And why stop there? We've also got a pretzel salted caramel and fudge brownie choc sludge shaking it up over here as well. 

4.. Baked salted caramel banoffee tarts

You can't see them - but they are there. Crushed pretzels are the secret ingredient in the tart bases in this recipe from Bakeproof columnist, Anneka Manning. 


Now let's move on to the big, chewy salty goodness of a Bavarian-style twist.

Here's a rock-salt sprinkled pretzel; a fave from the Feast Magazine archive where the dough gets a lift from mustard, paprika and cayenne pepper; Luke Nguyen's Alsace version; and two twists on the classic that er, don't involve any twisting. 

5. Himalayan rock salt and caraway seed pretzels

These salty, golden loops are easier to make than you might think.  

Himalayan rock salt and caraway seed pretzels

6. Barbecue-spiced soft pretzels with ranch dressing

This Feast Magazine recipe creates big, soft pretzels, with mustard powder, cayenne pepper and paprika adding flavour to the dough. These make great picnic rolls. 

7. Bretzels 

Try a French version with this recipe from Luke Nguyen, from a visit to Alsace in Luke Nguyen's France. "Being very close to Germany gave the food a very strong German accent: dishes served with lots of sausages, pork knuckle and sauerkraut. The bretzel was another great example of this crossover - it's basically an Alsatian version of the German pretzel." Luke says.

8. Soft pretzel rolls

"While not as well known as the traditional pretzel, these soft pretzel rolls with their salty exteriors and soft, milk bread interiors are just as addictive," says SBS Food's Bakeproof columnist, Anneka Manning.

9 Bratwurst hotdogs in pretzel rolls with red cabbage sauerkraut 

Bratwurst hotdogs sandwiched in chewy pretzel-style rolls with cheat's sauerkraut.

More german eats
German cucumber salad (gurkensalat)

Best served really cold from the fridge - the cucumbers crisp up and the dill, chives and parsley incorporate with the cream and sour cream.

Sour cherry strudels (weichselstrudel)

These sweet German pies, known as weichselstrudel, have a sticky, jam-like filling of sour cherries. They’re sprinkled with sugar and flaked almonds, then baked until golden.

Schnitzel with mashed potatoes and red cabbage

Germans love their schnitzel. It's served year round and tastes just as delicious in a beer garden on a balmy summer’s night as in a snowed-in cosy cottage up in the Alps. Best of all, you can eat it cold the next day too.

Plum cake (zwetschgenkuchen)

This tray-baked cake is believed to have originated in Augsburg in the south-west of Bavaria and is popular in late-summer during the damson plum harvest. It is often enjoyed with afternoon coffee.