The pretzel is a permanent part of the Bavarian bread-based snack culture. Additionally it is irreplaceable as side dish with Weißwurst and Leberkäse.
Pretzels are lye-washed bakery products. They are available in different shapes and sizes, mostly strewn with salt, although the salt can be replaced with poppy, sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds. The pretzel is a baked product made from wheat flour and yeast and weighing from 50 to 250 g. The crust of the pretzel is thin, chestnut brown and baked to a gloss and is mostly strewn with rough salt. Inside, however, the dough is soft and light-coloured.