AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS – COPYCAT

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 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
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • coarse salt
  • 2 -4 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

  • 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 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

Notes: The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne’s they will be.