I seriously can’t describe how ecstatic I am that I found this recipe. I am usually skeptical of the “it tastes just like this restaurant/food chain!” recipes. I am often skeptical. However, i decided to make this one because, well, I basically had no groceries in my house. I like to keep dry yeast around for occasions such as this when there is nothing else to eat but bread and water.
So, this recipe turned out AMAZING. I can’t even tell you, just go make it and find out yourself. You will not be disappointed. Unless you have trouble following recipes, in that case it is likely that you will be disappointed.
AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS
The glorious ingredients
1 1/2 cups water (To mix with the yeast)
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups flour (I used 2 cups of bread flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour)
2 cups water (To mix with the baking soda)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 – 4 tablespoons butter (melted) (I just used 2 because I was trying to make them more healthy… definitely do the whole 4 tablespoons, it will be well worth it.)
FOLLOW THESE STEPS
Sprinkle yeast on (1 and 1/2 cups) lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic (About 5 to 8 minutes of kneading). Let rise at least 1/2 hour. While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often.
After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake in oven at 450 for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter.
Toppings: After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
Or for Auntie Anne’s famous Cinnamon Sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture.
Notes: The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne’s they will be.
Check out the original recipe.