1 1/2 cup warm water 1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup bread flour 3 cups regular flour 2 cups warm water 2 tablespoons baking soda to taste coarse salt 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. 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 450 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
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. Enjoy!
* The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne's they will be. (Of course I don't have the counter space!)
*Sweet butter, not regular butter, is one of her secrets!
The pretzels were easy to make and turned out delicious. Very much like Auntie Anne's. Going to try the suggestions on how to make the pretzel dogs (my husband's favorite mall food court treat - but this way he won't have to endure going to the mall with us!)
Jan 18, 2014
Auntie Anne pretzel kits can be found in grocery stores these days (in America anyway) the baking isle for around $5.
Kit has several differences. Uses wheat flour and enriched malted barley wheat flour, has more sugar as the flour and sugar are the 3 main ingredients. Uses at least twice as much yeast as called for in this recipe. Uses roughly a cup of baking soda and 4 cups extremely hot water (150 deg F) for the dipping solution, with instructions to pat with a paper towel after dipping (so they're damp not wet), and to immediately bake after dipping rather than wait for a second rise.
Jan 12, 2014
Made them into pretzel bites YUMMO!
Jan 6, 2014
Super amazing. They taste just like Aunt Annie's or Wetzel's Pretzels. I cut the rolls of dough into smaller bites, and I dipped them in melted butter and coated them in the cinnamon sugar mixture (1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon).
Jan 6, 2014
If you wrap them in cling wrap after they have cooled they are still soft the next day.
Dec 30, 2013
These are good
Dec 22, 2013
Using water more than 109 degrees will kill active dry yeast.
Ideal drinking temperature for Tea or Coffee is 160 degrees.
Dec 12, 2013
I made these into pretzel dogs using all beef hot dogs that I cooked first (so they didn't get greasy) then baked with the pretzel dough around them while they are still hot so it won't slow down the cooking time too much. Next time I'll try them as pretzel bites!
Dec 7, 2013
This is a simple, yet tasty recipe. They also are really good as pretzel bites. Just roll them out and cut them into bit size pieces. Add a dip and they are a great party snack.
Nov 4, 2013
@ALLISE put them in an airtight container and they should stay soft overnight.
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