The kids and I made pretzels. Super soft fluffy pretzels. Tasted just like Auntie Anne's,right out of the oven, that haven't been sitting in a warmer forever.
I wowed them with my Pretzel twisting finesse. Little known fact, I actually used to be a manager at Auntie Anne's... in high school. Good times good times. And if anything I walked away with the ability to twist a pretzel like it's my job. Because it was my job. It paid for cute shoes and expensive shampoo.
This is the recipe we used. Loved it.
1 1/4 c. warm water
1 TB. active dry yeast
3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. veg., canola, whatever kind oil
1 1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. butter melted or more.
A separate bowl with 4 cups of warm water (not boiling, but slightly over-warm)
1. Dissolve yeast in 1 1/4 c. warm water, set aside.
2. Combine flour, sugar, salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and oil. Stir with spoon and then use your hands to form a ball. Knead on a floured surface for 5 mins. Place the dough in a slightly oiled bowl and cover with a warm towel, leave to rise for about 45 mins. until double.
3. Preheat oven to 425.
4. Make the 4 c. warm water bath and add baking soda, stir until mostly dissolved.
5. Remove dough from bowl and divide. (It says 8 even portions, and roll out three feet long and twirl in to pretzel shape. )
6. Dip each pretzel briefly into the baking soda bath. You can either blot on a paper towel or give it a shake. Put on a greased baking sheet and bake for 4-5 mins. and turn pan around for another 4-5 mins. When done, Dip briefly in melted butter and drain on paper towels. IF you want the salted kind, sprinkle with salt before baking. If you want cinnamon sugar, dip in cinn. sugar mix after dipping in butter. Enjoy!