Big & Chewy Soft Pretzels

Everytime we buy a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shop in the mall, I say, “I bet I could make these,” to which my husband replies, “yeah, you probably could and should.”  Well, many thanks to Rena for choosing soft pretzels for September’s Have the Cake theme, because I finally got into the kitchen and made them!  I used Alton Brown’s recipe, which had a yield of 8 pretzels, plenty enough for a family of three.  I mixed the dough in my stand mixer, and I think the process would be quite difficult without the use of it.  Also, the dough is a little difficult to work with, initially, but I had a hair appointment and after I mixed the dough, I oiled the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator.  By the time I had arrived back home, six hours had elapsed, the dough had risen, and it was super easy to work with….at first.  I found the rolling of each piece into the required 24″ length somewhat frustrating, and after 6 misshapened pretzels, I made a braid, and Andrew, my 5-year old, made the last piece into a roll. 

The braid was actually quite easy, and the next time, I’ll made them all into braids, because yes, I would definitely make these again!  Both Brett and Andrew gave them 2 thumbs up, with Andrew telling me “these are the best, Mom!”  One of the reasons I had never made them before was of the brief process of immersing the pretzels into boiling water.  This step turned out to be very quick and easy, so don’t let that deter you.  The pretzels are declicious and without comparison to those at the mall.

 Find the recipe here.


10 thoughts on “Big & Chewy Soft Pretzels

  1. Mall pretzels are hard to resist! These look even better! Good for you to tackle these at home…I'm always scared to making breads/doughs.

  2. These look fantastic Louanne! I always wanted to make my own – it seems like a lot of things you make are on my recipe list! I'm inspired.

  3. Oh yum, these look amazing! I hope you'll come link up on my new Tailgating Time! These would be perfect for gameday. I'm also hosting a giveaway this week for players 🙂

  4. Thank you, Brenda! You're very kind – I thought they looked a little catawampus – LOL! Alton's recipe rocks, that's for sure!
    Yes, please come back for the giveaway – it's awesome!

    Anonymous…hmmm, I'm guessing Peg, Sally, Vickie, or Melinda? Could it be Gail or Ann? Are you sure you want these, because I'm baking an awesome cake for Save Room for Dessert??? 🙂

  5. Louanne, these pretzels are seriously the best I've ever seen. They look FAR better than the mall variety and I have no doubt they're far tastier. Gorgeous!! And I'll be back tomorrow for the giveaway! :o)

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