Copycat Auntie Anne's® Pretzels
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
Every trip to the mall has its traditions, the tastiest of which is a visit to Auntie Anne's for a pretzel. Now you can skip the whole trip with Copycat Auntie Anne's® Pretzels. These baked goods are fresher, warmer, and just more fun than what you might find at your local shopping center. An excellent snack, appetizer, or fun treat, Copycat Auntie Anne's® Pretzels can even be customized by dipping them in cinnamon sugar instead of coarse salt.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the active dry yeast into 1 1/2 cups of the warm water until it is fully dissolved.
Add the brown sugar and salt, stirring until well dissolved.
Add the bread flour and all-purpose flour and knead by hand until a smooth and elastic dough forms.
Allow the dough mixture to rise in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.
While the dough is rising, prepare the baking soda water bath by combining 2 cups of the warm water and the baking soda in a large bowl until the baking soda dissolves. This baking soda bath is essential in getting the distinctive pretzel exterior.
After the dough has risen, pinch off bits of the dough and roll each pinched piece into a long rope-like shape, which should be about 1/2 inch thick.
Shape the dough rope into a pretzel. This may take a little practice.
Dip the dough pretzel into the baking soda bath and then place it onto the prepared baking tray.
Repeat these steps until all of the dough has been used.
Set the baking sheets aside and allow the pretzels to rise again for 30 minutes.
Bake the pretzels in the oven until they are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Brush the pretzels with the melted butter and sprinkle them with the coarse salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.