Halloween Pretzel Fingers

Looking for Halloween inspo?

Pretzel fingers with almond nut nails. Look no further.

An Australian recipe website gave us exactly what we needed, a ‘German-Style’ pretzel: allrecipes.com.au

Pretzel Fingers

These are big, soft pretzels rolled in coarse sea salt that you can make at home with basic bread ingredients you probably already have! Recipe from allrecipes.com.au with a couple of minor changes.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Extras
Servings 8


  • 1 ¼ tsp dry yeast (4 g/½ sachet)
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper freshly ground
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ½ cup bread flour 75 g
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour 220 g
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ tbspn melted butter
  • raw almonds for the nails
  • coarse salt for sprinkling


  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the warm water.
  • Stir in flour and salt, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (or with the dough hook of the Kitchen Aid)
  • Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour. The dough will at least double in size.
  • After dough has risen, punch down and cut into 8 pieces.
  • Combine 2 cups warm water and bicarb soda in a bowl.
  • Roll each piece into a rope, pencil thin. Cut into 'fingers' and dip into the bicarb soda solution.
  • Place an almond at the thinner end for the 'nail'.
  • Place on baking paper covered baking trays, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Bake at 230 C (450 F) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Just by the way, I do love a good, salty, soft, glazed and golden pretzel. If anyone has ever been to Zurich train station and eaten a hot pretzel with cheese, they will know exactly what I am talking about. I can still remember the taste, and I am going back to 1986!

Happy Halloweening to those of you who partake.



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