I found an excellent Aunt Annie Pretzel recipe online. I did a bit of tweaking and I thought I would share the final product with you!
1 1/2 cup warm water (120-130*)
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 cups bread flour (if you go AP, sift it)
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted butter
In a large bowl stir the yeast and the 1 1/2 cup warm water till dissolved. Add your sugar, salt and whip till combined (or set your stand mixer to goin'). Add flour and knewd dough till smooth and elastic (it should be mold-able with some attitude). Let that rest and rise for only 30 min (it won't double in size, but that's ok).
While the dough is resting, mix the baking powder in the 2 cups warm water. I use my huge pyrex bowl for this.
Once the dough is rested, pinch off sections of dough and roll into 1/2" diameter ropes. Forming the pretzel can be tricky. I laid the rope in a horseshoe shape with the ends facing up. I did 2 wraps with the ends and then brought those end pieces to the bottom of the original horseshoe. With a bit of water, I pressed those together. Depending on what you are doing with the pretzels, they can be huge or very small, your call ;-)
Once the pretzels are formed, you will dip them into the baking powder water (keep that stuff whisked together), let it drip dry a bit, and place the formed pretzels onto a greased baking sheet. At this point the pretzels rise again and double in size.
Bake them in a pre-heated oven of 450* only 10 minutes till golden.
For topping these babies:
- you can brush with butter and sprinkle with whatever you want!
- Course salt
- garlic powder
- white cheddar
- sharp cheddar
- cinnamon sugar.