Tuesday, August 11, 2015


You can make your kitchen taste like the mall!

Wait, what?!? That's not appetizing at all. Let me try again:

You can make a snack that tastes like mall food.

Let me rephrase that again:

You can make pretzels that taste like they're from Auntie Anne's!

  • 2 cups warm milk (110 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (2 packets) active dry yeast
  • 6 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 3 cups warm water
  • Coarse salt

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the milk and let it stand for 3 minutes. Add the sugar and 4 Tbsp. of the butter. Stir in the flour (1 cup at a time) and the salt. 
  2. Knead the dough for ten minutes with a stand mixer. Cover and let rise until it has doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450. Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Combine the baking soda and the water. 
  4. Thinly roll out each of the twelve pieces and form each of them into a pretzel (See the pretzel twisting instructions below. Don't worry, it's really easy!)
  5. Grabbing the pretzels by their loose ends, dip them in the baking soda/water, carefully lay them on greased cookie sheets and sprinkle them with a healthy amount of salt. (By healthy, I mean a lot. I don't mean a health-conscious amount. You're making pretzels. That would be ridiculous.)
  6. Bake the pretzels for 7-11 minutes, or until browned. As soon as they come out of the oven, dip them in the remaining butter.

Here's how to twist the pretzel:

The "Support Pretzels Foundation" Official Ribbon
First, lay the dough out in front of you like this.It's not hard, I know you can do it!

Then, twist the bottom again, like shown.

Lastly, take the bottom and fold it over the top to form a pretzel shape.

That's all there is to folding a pretzel!

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