Pizza Pretzels [Vegan]
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Prep Time: 15 minutes (plust 1 hour for proofing)
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Servings: 12 small pretzels
Prep Time
15 minutes (plust 1 hour for proofing)
Cooking Time
25-30 minutes
small pretzels 12
Do not crowd these pretzels with heavy toppings otherwise they may not bake through well


small pretzels
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (about 50C)
  • 2 tsp dried instant yeast
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tbs rice malt syrup
  • 2 tbs bi carb (baking) soda
  • water (for simmering)
  • Pizza ingredients
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (quartered to slice very finely)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 very small red onion (peeled and very finely chopped)
  • 1/4 small green capsicum (bell pepper) (very finely chopped)
  • 1/4 small red capsicum (bell pepper) (very finely chopped)
  • 3 small button mushrooms (halved and sliced thinly)
  • 4-5 black spanish olives (pitted and sliced thinly)
  • 4 large sundried tomatoes (very finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup vegan melting cheese (finely grated)
  1. Stir the warm water, dried yeast, salt and maple syrup. Lightly cover with cling film in a warm place to froth up (10 minutes).
  2. Place flour in a medium bowl with the frothed yeast mixture. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured bench and knead until soft and pliable (about 3-5 minutes)
  3. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size (about an 1 hour).
  4. Pour water (for simmering) halfway up a medium sized pot and bring to a simmer. (Start making the pretzel's whilst the water is coming to a simmer).
  5. Divide the pretzel's into equal pieces (12 pieces for small pretzels, or 6 medium pretzels) and roll each piece into thin logs (about 1cm in diameter for the small pretzels, or 2cm for the larger ones).
  6. Take one dough log, and grabbing the ends, cross (twist) them over each other about (5cm down the logs). Then fold down the ends to attach with the bottom of the pretzel. See this video for a instructional video on how to fold pretzels.
  7. Turn the oven on to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Place bicarb (baking) soda in the pot of water and stir to combine. Gently lower a few pretzels into the water and cook for 1-2 minutes (bigger pretzels may need 2-3 minutes).
  8. Gently remove pretzels (draining them of excess water) and place on the baking tray. Allow the tops to dry slightly.
  9. Mix the tomato paste, salt, pepper and oregano to form a pizza sauce. Lightly brush (with the back of a spoon) the pretzels. Sprinkle with the sundried tomatoes and onion.
  10. Sprinkle with the remaining ingredients. With the vegan cheese used sparingly as the last ingredient (you want it just to melt and bind the pizza toppings).
  11. Bake pretzels for about 20 minutes until the tops are a golden brown (keep this in mind: the lighter the pretzel, the softer the pretzel and larger pretzels may need 25-30 minutes to cook fully through).

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