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!
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
- Dissolve sugar in warm water, add yeast and set aside to activate. Takes about 10 minutes or till the yeast mixture turns frothy.
- Sift flour into a bowl, add the activated yeast and water and knead into a smooth dough.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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 .
- Let cool slightly and enjoy warm with some chilled lemonade to wash that salty goodness down!