Soft Pretzels

An overhead view of 5 soft pretzels on a worn metal surface.

this class is being offered virtually and in-person. 

Learn the secrets to traditional German-style soft pretzels made with lard and dipped in lye*. We'll teach you how to form the crossed pretzel shape and tell you the story of why a monk decided to have this food be “in prayer.” You'll also shape the soft pretzel stick, or demi baguette, we make at the Bakehouse. These simple but tasty rolls are sure to become a family favorite. We'll also answer the “burning” question: “Are these dipped in the same lye used to make soap?”

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, and a dozen soft pretzels you made in class. As for serving suggestions, a touch of German mustard and Zingerman's Creamery pimento cheese are great accompaniments to your warm pretzels.

We'll end the in-person class with a tasting of these flavorful pretzel pairings and you'll go home with some great coupons.

This class was formerly known as "Bavarian Baguettes: a.k.a. German Pretzels"


* Please note, if you don't want to use or obtain food-grade lye, you can, alternatively, dip your pretzels in a baking soda and water solution before baking.

What our guests have to say about this class:

These classes are the ultimate experience! I have told so many people about it that I hope they don't take a spot before I get mine. I can't wait to make these at home! (I will not tell anyone how easy it is.) —Donna M.

I'm not afraid to try pretzels with lye now that I know the proper methods. —Dan S.

I loved the easy-going nature of the class environment and I learned a whole lot! I feel that this recipe isn't overwhelming and I'm excited to give it a shot at home! —Spencer W.

Additional Products

Barley Malt Syrup


Barley Malt Syrup is a mellow sweetener, a tasty food source for yeast, and an ingredient that we use in our virtual Soft Pretzel, Better Bagel, and German Bread classes at Bake. We will ship you 1# which is more than enough for all your baking needs. Shipping is included in the price. 

My Weigh Kitchen Scale


A scale is the perfect way to take the guesswork out of your measuring, but not all scales are created equal. The My Weigh KD-8000 is one of our favorites, and it's the same version of the scale our instructors use during BAKE! Classes. We like it because it weighs accurately down to 1 gram/0.05 oz, which means even small measurements will be precise. It also has a Baker's Math function that lets you calculate percentages of other ingredients in a recipe based on the total weight of your flour—a great way to figure out your dough's hydration, or to scale a recipe up or down!

The scale is battery-powered (but comes with an AC adapter if you'd rather have it plugged in) and has a weight capacity of up to 8000 grams/17.62 lb. It features a backlit LCD readout with a protective cover, and a removable platform for easy cleaning. The price includes ground shipping.

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Virtual $40.00 12 spots left


Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
In-Person $75.00 Sold out Add me to the waitlist
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
In-Person $75.00 Sold out Add me to the waitlist