What is a trip to the mall without an Auntie Anne's pretzel? Well, now you can make them at home! These salty treats are an excellent snack, appetizer, or fun treat for any day.
Ingredients• 1 1/2 cups water • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast • 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
Mix your yeast in lukewarm water in a mixing bowl. Stir to dissolve the yeast.
Next, add in your sugar and the salt, making sure to stir to dissolve both sugar and salt. Add in the flour and then knead the dough until it is smooth and is elastic.
Then, let the dough mixture rise for at least 30 minutes, make sure not to over proof the dough.
At the same time that the dough is rising, prep the baking soda water bath, using 2 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, mix those together until you see the baking soda dissolves.
Then, after the dough has risen, work to pinch off bits of the dough and then roll them into a long rope-like shape, which should be about ½ inch thick. Work the dough rope to make a pretzel shape.
Dip the dough pretzel into the soda bath and then place it on a greased/parchment paper lined baking tray. Set it aside and allow the pretzels to rise again.
Set your oven to 450 degrees F (or 232 degrees C). Then bake the pretzels in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the pretzels are golden brown. Finally, brush the pretzels with some melted butter. Garnish them with coarse salt. Enjoy!
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