Tonight is the series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the most amazing musical comedy that deals with super important conversations about mental health and relationships. And pretzels. Rebecca, the main character, loves soft pretzels (as everyone should) and ends up owning her own pretzel shop in season 4 titled “Rebetzel’s”. In one of the episodes, I was able to catch a glimpse of the full Rebetzel’s menu, and holy cow. I want ALL of these pretzels. So, I decided to make them.
As a heads up, pretzels might take you a try or two until they’re pretty. The batch I made for this recipe were UGLY. So so delicious and ugly in the “mess of food that I want to eat right now” way, but still too ugly to post. So, instead, I leave you with this video of pretzels from the show. But believe me: this recipe is legit.
(Did you catch all of the puns in there?)
I’ve been a fan of this show from the beginning, and I was so thrilled to get tickets to the taping of their “Yes, It’s Really Us Singing” concert special that will be airing after the final episode tonight. Cosplay was encouraged, so my friend Makenzie and I did our best Heavy Boobs impression. (Check out my Instagram post to see how we did!)
We were seated smack in the middle of the balcony. I’m hoping one of the sweeping audience shots got us–look for the two ladies in white! Anyway, I look forward to celebrating the final episode and the concert special while emotionally eating ALL of these delicious pretzels. Use the base recipe and then top it with any of Rebecca’s signature flavors below. Which one is your fave? (I loved the pizza pretzel and the lemon poppy seed, and you can never go wrong with the classic Rebetzel with sea salt!)
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1½ cups warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 TBS melted butter
- 3¾ cups flour
- 12 cups water
- ⅔ cup baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 TBS water
- Toppings (see below the recipe)
- Place the yeast, warm water, and sugar in a mixer bowl. Let dissolve together for 10 minutes.
- Add the kosher salt and melted butter to the mixture.
- Add flour, one cup at a time, into the bowl, mixing with a bread hook attachment between each addition. Continue to add until the dough is not sticky.
- Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl, and cover for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Boil the 12 cups of water and baking soda together in a large pot.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll out into a long rope, and then twist to make a pretzel shape.
- Drop each pretzel into boiling water for 20 seconds.
- Place the boiled pretzels on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
- Mix the egg and 1 TBS water together and spread over the pretzels.
- Sprinkle with kosher salt or other optional toppings.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until browned.
- Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
- Classic Rebetzel with Salt: Sprinkle chunks of sea salt on the pretzels before baking.
- Garlic Salt: Sprinkle garlic salt on the pretzels before baking.
- Honey Bacon: After baking, drizzle with honey and sprinkle crumbled up bacon on the pretzels.
- Salted Caramel: After baking, drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle salt on the pretzels.
- Jalapeno Cheddar: Sprinkle shredded cheddar all over the pretzel and top with 3-4 canned jalapeno slices before baking.
- Coconut: Sprinkle with shredded coconut before baking.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter: Place 1 TBS of chocolate chips, 1 TBS peanut butter, and 1 TBS butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then microwave another 30 seconds if it needs it. Stir until fully mixed. After baking, drizzle the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the pretzels.
- Pizza Pretzel: Lightly cover the top of an unbaked pretzel with pizza sauce, and then top with shredded mozzarella cheese and slices of pepperoni. Bake.
- Pecan Vanilla: Make a glaze with 2 TBS powdered sugar, 1 tsp milk, and a dash of vanilla. After baking, drizzle the glaze on the pretzels and top with pecan chunks.
- Caramel Popcorn: After baking, drizzle with caramel sauce and place caramel popcorn pieces on the pretzels.
- Lemon Poppy Seed: Make a glaze with 2 TBS powdered sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice. After baking, drizzle the glaze on the pretzels and sprinkle poppy seeds on top.
- Cereal Glaze: Let a bowl of sugary cereal sit in its milk until the milk changes color. Make a glaze with 2 TBS powdered sugar and 1 tsp of the cereal milk. After baking, drizzle the cereal glaze over the pretzels.