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lunchman
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« on: March 25, 2011, 08:30:18 PM »

I've been wanting to make these for some time. Auntie Anne knock-offs, recipe from here -

http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/352/Aunt_Annies_Soft_Pretzels13849.shtml

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
to taste coarse salt
4 tablespoons butter (melted)

PREPARATION:

Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope* (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake in 450 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!

(Above all taken from the cdkitchen website)

Tonite was the nite to experiment out on the Keg and have some fun!

The dough after proofing for around 30 minutes -



Roll the dough into a long strand (mine were 24"), and do a quick flip to create the basic pretzel shape (videos can be found on the web.) It actually turned out to be pretty simple and after a few practice flips I was doing it pretty easily. The one thing I added is what (I think) is called the Wisconsin twist in the center. All I did was loop one strand under and over the other rather than just crossing them.  They're far from perfect and I won't be offered any jobs at Auntie Anne's any time soon.  Smiley

A reasonable decent looking pretzel -



Dip each one into a water bath which contains baking soda, then place on a greased pan. I was using the Lodge CI pizza pan and started with a second rectangular baking sheet, then had to switch to a CI griddle when I realized the baking sheet wouldn't fit on the top grate. Allow them to rise for awhile on the pan. The Keg was set up indirect (BGE platesetter legs up), around 400 was all I could get out of it tonite for temps.

On the Keg with some butter melting -



I dipped each pretzel into the melted butter, then into either sea salt or cinnamon sugar.
The finished product -







Bite test -  Cheesy



And bottom -



Because the Keg was only at around 400 degrees (recipe calls for 450), they took a lot longer than the 10 minutes in the recipe. More like 25 -30 minutes.

And they were excellent and tasted pretty darn close to Auntie Anne's pretzels. Give these a try, they're fun to make!!

-lunchman
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011, 08:54:36 PM »

WOW!

Those are awesome.  Great cook.

Recipes for sure
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011, 09:24:49 PM »

I agree with Vindii these look awesome and I moving them to recipes.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 02:42:27 AM »

SON! these pretzels are making me thirsty.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 03:07:34 AM »

Thats a first for the keg I am pretty sure

They look awesome
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011, 04:36:12 AM »

Dang, nice cook! I will be trying these soon...verrry soon.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 06:06:04 AM »

Nice job, lunchman!

SON! these pretzels are making me thirsty.

LOL, Kramer  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 06:20:54 AM »

Thanks gator I was hoping someone would get it. I love Seinfeld and now I cant get enough of curb your enthusiasm.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 07:23:48 AM »

Great cook Lunch.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2011, 07:38:02 AM »

Those look fantastic!
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2011, 01:13:11 PM »

love prezels and beer will have to try this one Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2011, 06:10:24 PM »

... I love Seinfeld and now I cant get enough of curb your enthusiasm.

I haven't seen many curb your enthusiasms - don't watch nearly as much tv as I used to - but I loved Seinfeld.  Stupid show still makes me laugh.   Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2011, 06:28:23 PM »

Man those look good!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2011, 02:47:47 PM »

Looks delicious!!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2011, 02:56:02 PM »

Darn fine I must say....added to the MUST DO list!  I didn't even think about the cinnamon sugar coating
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