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Pretzel Heaven!

So anyone that knows my husband will tell you how much he loves the pretzels from the mall. It is so funny because he will make a trip to the mall for anything so he can get a pretzel. It just got me thinking.. what is in those mall pretzels. I definitely wont get an answer to that question but I had been seeing lots of copy cat recipes on Pinterest and they all seemed to make a dozen pretzels, which no family of 3 needs. So I did a trial run with one of the recipes and reduced the recipe down… needless to say they tasted OK but the looked really funny.  I mean really funny.

So I did another trial and fixed the recipe and they really do taste very close to the ones at the mall. Hubby was happy about the results and the little one danced around. When I looked I realized why they made the recipe for 12 because those 6 were gone in a flash.  No sharing whatsoever.

Copycat Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Milk (warmed to 110 degrees)
  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon Table Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • Coarse Salt (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons Butter (Melted)

Directions

1. Warm the milk in the to 110º. It should be warm to the touch but not too hot.
2. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
3. Add 2 tbsp or melted butter and the sugar.
4. Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the salt.
5. Knead for about 10 minutes with a dough hook in a stand mixer on medium speed.
6. dough
Put it in a greased bowl and cover with cling wrap.
7. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size.
8. Preheat the oven to 450º.
9. Punch down dough and divide into 12 balls.
10. Roll each ball out as thin as you can.
11. shapes
Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then dip in the baking soda water.
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Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for about 9 minutes or until browned. Dip in the melted butter while hot.

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