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
- 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.
- Knead the dough for ten minutes with a stand mixer. Cover and let rise until it has doubled, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450. Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Combine the baking soda and the water.
- 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!)
- 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.)
- 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:
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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!