I sometimes think that everyone enjoys baking as much as me. That might have something to do with the fact that I read a gazillion different food blogs. I think that my Google reader might explode if I add one more blog! But it makes me think that baking is as easy for everyone else as it is for me. But what gets me is when I get handed recipes. They might be easy recipes, but are too difficult or too many steps for others.
My mom recently sent me an email with an attachment that contained a ton of copycat restaurant recipes. I quickly scanned through them to see if there were any that caught my eye. Usually these types of things contain recipes from restaurants you have never heard of. There were some of those types of recipes, but there were also a lot of really tasty recipes. I printed off four right away and tonight seemed like the best time to try one recipe number one.
Auntie Ann's pretzels remind me so much of the mall. They are buttery and delicious and the perfect treat when you are browsing the new clothes at Banana Republic! I am always skeptical about trying recipes like this, but this was a winner! They tasted EXACTLY like a pretzel from a stand in the mall! The only problem I encountered was not being able to roll the dough out thin enough. So while they may not look exactly like an Auntie Ann's pretzel, they sure do taste like them!
Auntie Ann's Copycat Pretzels
Makes about 12 pretzels
1 1/2 c warm water
1 1/8 t active yeast
2 T brown sugar
1 1/8 t salt
1 c bread flour
3 c flour
2 c warm water
2 T baking soda
Kosher salt, to taste
2-4 T butter, melted
Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 30 minutes.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 T baking soda. Be certain to stir often.
After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 in or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel into soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!