The month before Christmas Parker and I spent an unhealthy amount of time at the mall. Buying presents for person X, exchanging something for person Y, trying out a new restaurant… We were there 4 or 5 times in 2 weeks. And if you’ve ever been to Northpark Mall around Christmas time… You know that’s an insane idea.
Every time we went to the mall Parker went on and on about how he wanted an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel. Understandable! They’re delicious. Problem was… every single time we went we would get completely distracted, leave the mall, and realize half way home we forgot the pretzels! Now that the holiday craziness has died down, we went to the mall, got a pretzel, and life was good.
However… To avoid this problem in the future, we decided to try making our own homemade pretzels. AND OH MY FREAKING GOD. These are unreal. God bless butter, God bless salt… Just seriously, these are heavenly and amazing. AND they’re fun to make too!
Auntie Anne’s Copycat Pretzels: Makes 6
- 1 cup milk
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt
- Warm the milk in a saucepan until it’s about 110 degrees
- Pour into a medium bowl and sprinkle in the yeast.
- Let the yeast soften, about 2 minutes
- Stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon.
- Dice 2 tablespoons butter and soften; stir into the mix.
- Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.
- Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet.
- Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. (If the dough seems tight, cover and let rest until it relaxes.)
- Divide the dough into 6 pieces.
- Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope, holding the ends and slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as you stretch.
- Form each rope into a pretzel shape. Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish.
- Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the coarse salt. (I think the reason are pretzels weren’t super fluffy was because the baking soda didn’t fully dissolve, but fear not! They’ll still turn out delicious)
- Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes
- Dip the hot pretzels in the butter, turning to coat
- Place on a wire rack to let excess butter drip off.
- Serve the pretzels warm and enjoy!!
We stayed up til 1:30 eating homemade pretzels and watching South Park… I don’t know what I’m gonna do when this kid goes abroad next semester, but in the mean time… We’re just gonna eat and it’s going to be great. Hope y’all enjoy the recipe! Happy eating everybody!!