1 1/2 cup warm water
4 oz melted butter
1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour (or less due to humidity)
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse pretzel salt
3 tablespoons sweet butter (melted)**
Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl and stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve. Add flour and knead dough then add butter and knead until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour. Note this is a dry firm dough.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Place water and soda in a pan over medium low heat. Be certain to stir often and add enough water to allow pretzels to float.
After dough has risen, divide dough into 8 portions and roll each portion into a long rope* (about 1/2 inch or less thick and approximately 36 inches long) and shape rope into pretzel desired pretzel shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution, drain and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake in 450 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse pretzel salt. Enjoy!
* The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne’s they will be.
** Sweet butter, not regular butter, is one of her secrets!