- 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
* Alternative: instead of using the 2 cups water and the 2 T baking soda use 1 beaten egg (or if you prefer, 2 egg whites)
- 1/2 stick of butter (you don’t use all of it) – Sweet Butter is one of “Aunt Annie’s” secrets
- Cinnamon/Sugar mix for cinnamon pretzels
- Coarse salt
- Or other favorite topping
Makes 2 pans or about 12 pretzels
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. (I had to add at least 1/4 cup more water, because it was just too dry.) 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 (or prepare your beaten egg).
After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope* (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. This is the fun part…Let your children create whatever they can come up with; monsters, people, animals, or making a basic pretzel is just fine, too!
Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Soda solution works great if you are making a regular pretzel design, but if you are making animals, people and anything else, the egg works better. Alternative: Brush Pretzel with egg, using a spoon. It will give it that nice shine after you bake them.
Allow pretzels to rise again. (Letting them rise is best, but if you are short on time or patience, I set my oven to 200 and let them rise in there for 5 – 10 minutes) Bake in 450 oven for about 10 minutes or until golden (closer to 7 -8 minutes worked best for me). 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. I use the stick of butter and brush it over the pretzels just after they get out of the oven. (I didn’t have a shallow bowl big enough to dip the pretzels into!) And it was easier for me to put a pretzel on a plate and sprinkle the salt or the cinnamon/sugar mix on the pretzel rather than dipping the pretzel into the topping.
* The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne’s they will be. The easiest way to get this is by holding the two ends of your dough rope and kind of treating it like a jump rope by swinging it. It will start to stretch out. Once the ends seem to be about the right thickness, then move your hands closer to the center and swing the middle. Swinging is much easier than trying to roll it out to get it long enough!
This recipe can be found at the CDKitchen under the name “Aunt Annie’s Soft Pretzels.” I made some of my own enhancements to the recipe!
Arya saysMay 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm
What fun…I will have to try this recipe with my kids – I know they will have fun making these!
Jackie saysMay 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm
MMM! This is so fantastic! These look super yummy!
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alicia saysMay 16, 2010 at 9:47 am
Wow. Those look fun and delish!! Thanks.
Shell saysMay 16, 2010 at 10:16 am
I love Auntie Anne's pretzels. Going to have to try this with my kids!
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Jocelyn Christensen saysMay 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Wowzza! I cannot wait to try these pretzels!
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Serene is my name, not my life! saysMay 17, 2010 at 11:02 am
Ooohhh…. nice! When I get up the couraghe, I'll have to try these!
Mayet saysMay 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm
looks like they had so much fun!!
The Wade Family saysAugust 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm
I made these last week and oh my goodness- they were perfect and DELICIOUS!! Our batch made 8- and need I say that between my daughter and myself… there wasn't one left by the time my husband got home. oops!! haha- can't wait to make these again!! (I think we are doing it again this week)
Fun On a Dime Lady saysAugust 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm
Wade Family- Ha, ha! I think that happened with our first batch, too. We only had a half left for my husband! I'm glad you liked them…they are addicting! =)