Don’t you love walking into the mall and having to stroll past the pretzel vendor? The smell always catches my O sensory for the rest of the trip. So I set out to find a good recipe that I could do at home because homemade dough anything is always better!
This recipe is a knock-off for Aunt Annie’s pretzels. I did a bit of tweaking and I thought I would share the delicious, final product with you!
1 1/2 cup warm water (120-130*)
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 cups bread flour (if you go AP, sift it)
4 cups warm water
2 Tbsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted butter
~In a large bowl stir the yeast and the 1 1/2 cup warm water till dissolved. I have always been able to make the water perfect by running the hot tap water till I really don’t want my fingers under it. This saves you from having to locate a thermometer.
~Add your sugar, salt and whip till combined (or set your stand mixer to goin’).
~Add flour and knead dough till smooth and elastic (it should be mold-able with some attitude).
~Let that rest and rise for only 30 min (it won’t double in size, but that’s ok).
~While the dough is resting, mix the baking powder in the 4 cups warm water. I use my huge pyrex bowl for this. Once the dough is rested, pinch off sections of dough and roll into 1/2″ diameter ropes. Forming the pretzel can be tricky. I laid the rope in a horseshoe shape with the ends facing up. I did 2 wraps (rotations) with the ends and then brought those end pieces to the bottom of the original horseshoe. With a bit of water, I pressed those together. Depending on what you are doing with the pretzels, they can be huge or very small, your call 😉
~Once the pretzels are formed, you will dip them into the baking powder water (keep that stuff whisked together), let it drip dry a bit, and place the formed pretzels onto a greased baking sheet. At this point the pretzels rise again and double in size.
~For pretzel toppings, you can brush with the melted butter and shake whatever you want on top!
garlic powder and pepperoni
The choices are limitless. We chose to do a variety since it was supper time for us. We brushed with garlic butter and placed pepperoni on a few. Others we left traditional with salt. Finally, we made a couple with cinnamon sugar for the Princess.
Bake these babies in a pre-heated oven of 450* for only 10 minutes (till golden brown).