Prep 2 hrs
Cook 8 mins
I have tried tons of recipes in my quest to duplicate "Auntie Anne's" pretzels. I found this one on the net, and it really tastes VERY similar to the real thing, best one so far. I have tried experimenting with add-ins and toppings. One of my faves is adding dried italian seasoning to the dough and sprinkling with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and coarse salt, dipping
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1⁄8 teaspoons salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups water (110 degrees)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 2 cups water (110 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 -3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
- Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface.
- Cover, and let rise for one hour.
- Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.
- After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner.
- Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution.
- Place on greased or sprayed cookie sheets.
- Brush pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, sugar/cinnamon, coarse salt, etc.
- (get creative;) Let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Brush with additional melted butter, if desired.
I hate writing bad reviews, but this recipe was a disaster. I followed it to a "T" and the dough came out way too sticky. I tried to roll the dough into ropes, but it was impossible and adding more flour just made it tough. I admire those of you who made this recipe successfully -- I don't know what your secret is. I am going to the store for a box of Super Pretzels now. Sorry, Manda :(. I wish I could give this recipe a better review but I have to be fair.
I made these into cinnamon/sugar pretzel bites, which are our favorite at the mall. I made the dough in the bread machine, then cut it into bite-size pieces, let it rise again and then baked. When it was finished baking, I brushed the bites with melted butter and then rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture. The kids (and the adults) loved them!
This is the first time I've made pretzels, but gave it a go as I live in rural UK and it's impossible to buy fresh ones. These came out beautifully, I did mine with a mix of parmesan, crushed black pepper and sea salt and they were gobbled back in a day.