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.