The longer and thinner you make the dough rope the more like Auntie Anne’s pretzels they will taste.
Ingredients: 1 ˝ cup warm water 1 1/8 tsp. dry yeast 2 tbs. brown sugar 1 1/8 tsp. salt 1 cup bread flour 3 cup white flour 2 cup warm water 2 tbs. baking soda
Toppings for pretzels 2-4 tbs. melted butter and coarse salt ˝ cup granulated sugar and 1 tbs. cinnamon
Sprinkle yeast in warm water, stir to dissolve, Add brown sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve, add the 4 cups of flour and knead dough until smooth, and elastic. (it will take at least 5 min of kneading) it may look like the dough will not ever come together but it will trust me. Let dough rise at least ˝ hr. Preheat oven to450 degree F.
While your dough is rising make the baking soda and water bath. 2 cups of warm water and 2 tbsp on baking soda, stir often to ensure the baking soda doesn’t precipitate out of the water. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of it and roll into long rope (1/2 in thick or less) and shape (you can just make pretzel sticks if you want instead of rapping the dough into pretzel shape) dip the pretzel into the Baking Soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Let the pretzels rise again.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until a golden color (keep an eye on them!) Brush with the melted butter then sprinkle salt or you can melt butter in a bowl big enough for the entire pretzel to fit in and in another shallow bowl add cinnamon sugar. Dip pretzel into in butter (cover both sides) then dip into cinnamon sugar. You can also dip pretzel in mustard or dips.
Have fun and make different shapes
Always use caution when working around the kitchen, stove and cutlery.