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big, soft, delicious pretzels just like the ones you get at the mall
How good do these pretzels look? They are amazing. And they honestly taste just like the pretzels you buy at the mall. I am a sucker for mall pretzels, I will admit it. And although mine may not be perfectly shaped liked theirs, they do taste just like theirs. Don't believe me? Try this recipe for yourself, it will make you a believer.

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  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure the milk and heat either in the microwave or a saucepan to 110 degrees. The temperature is pretty important, so use a thermometer to make sure it is 110 degrees. Pour the milk into a large bowl.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sprinkle in the yeast and let soften, about 2 minutes.
    Stir in the brown sugar.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 3
    Step 3

    Measure your flour (proper way to measure flour - fluff it up, sprinkle into your measuring cup and level). Stir in one cup of flour with a wooden spoon. Dice 2 tablespoons butter and soften; stir into the mix.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 5
    Step 5

    Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    This what it will look like after it has risen.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 6
    Step 6

    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet. Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. (If the dough seems tight, cover and let rest until it relaxes.) Divide the dough into 6 pieces. I use my digital kitchen scale to make sure each pretzel is the same size.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 7
    Step 7

    Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope. They will spring back a little as you shape the pretzels, so don't worry if you can't get your pieces this long.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 8
    Step 8

    Form each rope into a pretzel shape by holding the ends of slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as you stretch.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 9
    Step 9

    Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sprinkle with the coarse salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. While your pretzels are baking, make the dipping sauce. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, brown sugar and vinegar in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 11
    Step 11

    Melt the remaining butter in a shallow dish. Place on a wire rack and brush the tops and bottoms of the hot pretzels with the melted butter.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 12
    Step 12

    Delicious.

  • How to bake a pretzel. Auntie Ann's Pretzels - Step 13
    Step 13

    Serve the pretzels warm with the sweet mustard sauce. I guarantee these will be gone within minutes.

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ficklephonebug ..
ficklephonebug .. · 60 projects
It's times like this that make me sooooo disappointed that technology has not been advanced enough to develop smell-O-vision!
If I ever made a version, I can only say that my change would be to add, "Gobble them all up before anyone else gets home" Happy
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Cupcake_Warrior =)
Cupcake_Warrior =) · 82 projects
these look soo good!Just reading the receipe made my mouth start watering!
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