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    Legit Soft Pretzels -- Just Like Auntie Anne's

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    1 hrs 50 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    20 mins

    Napoleon Dynamite's Note:

    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.

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    Serves: 12



    Units: US | Metric




    • 8 tablespoons butter, melted


    1. 1
      Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes, to about 110º.
    2. 2
      Stir the yeast into the milk and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the butter and sugar to the milk and stir to mix.
    4. 4
      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.
    5. 5
      Knead for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand.
    6. 6
      Put kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap.
    7. 7
      Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size.
    8. 8
      Preheat the oven to 450º.
    9. 9
      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.
    10. 10
      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.
    11. 11
      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.
    12. 12
      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.
    13. 13
      Place rolled, dipped pretzels on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.
    14. 14
      Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned.
    15. 15
      Dip each in the melted butter while hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 13, 2013


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Legit Soft Pretzels -- Just Like Auntie Anne's

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 333.2
    Calories from Fat 121
    Total Fat 13.5 g
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    Cholesterol 34.6 mg
    Sodium 2214.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 45.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 8.8 g
    Protein 7.4 g

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