Soft pretzel

I love Auntie Annie’s! The cinnamon rolls and their hot dog pretzels are my favourite! Nothing like a pretzel hot dog and cold lemonade on a hot summer day. Since I discovered the joy of baking with yeast I have been on a roll! I’ve tried to re-create all my favourite food at home (for so much lesser!) I know this recipe is a hit for sure because my boyfriend on the first bite exclaimed that the pretzel dogs were exactly like Auntie Annie’s! Let’s get straight to it!

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Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

2 tablespoons active dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tablespoon sugar

salt to taste

For the soda bath

2 cups hot water

2 tablespoons baking soda

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Method

  1. Dissolve sugar in warm water, add yeast and set aside to activate. Takes about 10 minutes or till the yeast mixture turns frothy.
  2. Sift flour into a bowl, add the activated yeast and water and knead into a smooth dough.
  3. Cover with a cloth and leave it to proof in a dark, cool place. I prefer to leave it overnight, but you can leave it to proof for at least 2 hours.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knead lightly and shape into a disc. Divide the dough up (like a pizza) into 6 pieces.
  5. Take a piece and roll it out into a long thin string and shape into a pretzel. Refer to the image below for the step-by-step method. (I do not own the image)pretzel step.jpg
  6. Once you’ve shaped all your pretzels, prepare your soda bath. Dip each pretzel for 2 seconds and remove. Place it on your lined baking sheet and sprinkle sea salt (or any other toppings you like) and bake for 10 minutes at 180 C .
  7. Let cool slightly and enjoy warm with some chilled lemonade to wash that salty goodness down!

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