Monday, September 8, 2008

Auntie Ann's Pretzels

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I remember when my husband asked me if I liked pretzels and I nodded right away thinking of a different kind. When I saw what was he referring to, my eyes grew big, but not as big as these pretzels. I was thinking of Jack and Jill's Pretzels snack brand. Its miniature pretzels are coated with chocolate and milk chocolate and sometimes comes in sticks. I like it. I saw it one time at a Filipino store and wanted to try them. I even showed it to my husband and told him that it was the kind of pretzels I had in mind always. Until now, I haven't bought a piece of these. But yesterday, a friend bought one at Jamba Juice and let me try it. Tasted good because it was cinnamon-apple flavor. I would like to try this sometime.
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp. active yeast (1 1/2 pkg)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda
To taste coarse salt
2−4 Tbs. 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 1/2 hour.

While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm
water and 2 Tbs. 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 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel into soda solution
and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzel to rise again. Bake in a
450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted
butter and enjoy!

After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
Or for Auntie Anne's famous cinnamon sugar, try melting a stick of butter
in a shallow bowl( big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another
bowl, make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. dip the pretzel into the
butter, coating both sides generously. then dip again into the cinnamon

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