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“After trying a bunch of recipes that claimed to imitate Auntie Anne's pretzels and finding myself unimpressed by each, I finally found one that truly approximates the addictive flavor and texture of the real thing. Inspired by Yammy's Noshery food blog.”
READY IN:
1hr 50mins
SERVES:
12
YIELD:
12 pretzels
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes, to about 110º.
  2. Stir the yeast into the milk and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the butter and sugar to the milk and stir to mix.
  4. Add the flour to the milk, about 1 cup at a time and add the fine salt as you add the flour. Mix w/ a spoon.
  5. Knead for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand.
  6. Put kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap.
  7. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450º.
  9. Punch down dough and divide into 12 lumps -- this is easiest if you divide it in half, cut each half into three lumps, then cut each lump in half.
  10. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a shallow dish (e.g. and 8x8 baking dish); stir/whisk until the baking soda is as dissolved as possible.
  11. Roll all 12 lumps of dough out as thin as you can -- they will shrink up quickly so getting the thinnest ropes possible is key.
  12. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then quickly dip in the baking soda water. I found this works best when you roll out 2-3 pretzels, dip them, then put them on the baking sheet.
  13. Place rolled, dipped pretzels on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  14. Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned.
  15. Dip each in the melted butter while hot.

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