Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
After trying a bunch of recipes that claimed to imitate Auntie Anne's pretzels and finding myself unimpressed by each, I finally found one that truly approximates the addictive flavor and texture of the real thing. Inspired by Yammy's Noshery food blog.
FOR THE DOUGH
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 (1 1/2 tablespoon) packets active dry yeast (use the entire two packets, don't focus on the actual measurement)
- 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 1⁄2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons table salt
FOR CREATING THE PRETZEL
- 1⁄3 cup baking soda
- 3 cups warm water
- coarse salt
FOR FINISHING THE PRETZEL
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes, to about 110º.
- Stir the yeast into the milk and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
- Add the butter and sugar to the milk and stir to mix.
- Add the flour to the milk, about 1 cup at a time and add the fine salt as you add the flour. Mix w/ a spoon.
- Knead for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand.
- Put kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap.
- Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450º.
- Punch down dough and divide into 12 lumps -- this is easiest if you divide it in half, cut each half into three lumps, then cut each lump in half.
- Combine the warm water and baking soda in a shallow dish (e.g. and 8x8 baking dish); stir/whisk until the baking soda is as dissolved as possible.
- Roll all 12 lumps of dough out as thin as you can -- they will shrink up quickly so getting the thinnest ropes possible is key.
- Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then quickly dip in the baking soda water. I found this works best when you roll out 2-3 pretzels, dip them, then put them on the baking sheet.
- Place rolled, dipped pretzels on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned.
- Dip each in the melted butter while hot.
I made half a recipe but put everything in the AMB. Very easy to do and dough was easy to work with, I just have to do better at rolling thinner. I baked for 10 min and just had one hot from the oven. It was still doughy even though they were nice and brown. I did four with salt and two cinnamon sugar. Anxious to try the others.