Pretzels and Bagels from Pizza Dough

Make your own soft pretzel from the comfort of your home using a simple pizza dough recipe

If you have any pizza dough left over from my famous recipe, it is time to let your imagination go wild and do a little experimenting … which is exactly what I did, and this is the result.

On a floured surface knead the dough that’s left from your pizza (if any) for a couple times.

Half the dough for pretzels and/or bagels

Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, depending of how much dough you have left and how big you want your pretzels to be. Not an exact science here, just use your gut feeling. ;)

Pieces of dough will turn into pretzels and bagels

Next roll out each piece of dough into long strips. I wanted to make pretzels. So take the piece, fold it in half and twist it twice. Next bring the two ends up to form a pretzel and pinch the dough so that it would stick.

Little soft pretzel

At this point you don’t need to let your dough to rise, it did already when you were making the pizza. Shape some bagels if you want and move to the next step.

Bagel shaped from leftover pizza dough

Brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle them with salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake at 450° F / 232° C for about 15 or 20 mins or until they are nice and golden brown.

Breads made from pizza dough

No matter which ones look better, they were both just as delicious. You have to try these, it can’t get any easier to make your own bagels or pretzels.

Pretzels and Bagels from Pizza Dough
Serves: 4 pretzels/bagels
  1. Let the dough rise for about 45 min to 1 hour before you start shaping the pretzels
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F / 232° C degrees
  3. Cut the pizza dough into 4 equal pieces.
  4. Roll each piece either into a pretzel or bagel wshape.
  5. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you want.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 min or until they are nice and golden brown.

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