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Pretzel Beauty

I LOVE homemade hot pretzels.  Our city has a dying mall on the edge of town. The Dillard's is now an empty shell, the Foot Lockers are all gone, the Waldenbooks a long-gone memory, but a pretzel store is one of the lone hold-outs, which almost makes a trip to the mall worthwhile.  Almost. Homemade soft pretzels have a long, rich history in Amish culinary culture.  The best example of pretzel prowess is Anne Beiler's "Aunt Anne's" depot, with its hundreds of stores.  Beiler, who was raised Amish-Mennonite, began selling pretzels out of a cart at a farmers market.  Susie, one of our site regulars, tested Lovina's soft pretzel recipe for our upcoming baking book.  You'll have to wait until the book comes out to get the edited recipe,but the unedited version is below and really works well. The photo above shows the beautiful puffy pretzels the recipe makes from Susie's batch.  I'll be making a batch myself later this week, but more about that tomorrow!

1 1 /2 teaspoons yeast
1 1 /2 teaspoons sugar
1 3 /4 cups flour
3 /4 cup warm water
1 /2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
Mix and dissolve yeast, warm water, sugar, and salt.  Stir in flour until a ball forms.  Put dough on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.  Roll dough into small ropes and shape into pretzels.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Beat the egg and brush on pretzels unbake.  Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425 for 12 to 15 minutes

Re: Pretzel Beauty

Thanks, I figured since they had yeast in them you should let them rise first. ~Diann

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I would let them raise maybe an hour before baking since it has yeast in the recipe. But I am not sure. I am one no to experiment  figuring  it out. My baking and cooking skills are by the recipeonly  where my sisters is hers is  a taste and feel kind of cook.

Re: Pretzel Beauty

I was wondering too, if you have to let them rise, before I decide whether I want to make them. Anyone out there know? I've tried making pretzels before and they tasted like bread to me. I'd like a recipe where they taste like a pretzel! ~Diann

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Re: Pretzel Beauty

Whenever I do go to the mall I've noticed that there is always a long ling at Antie Annie's pretzel.

eggcetra_farms's picture
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Are you supposed to let these rise?

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

That's a good question!

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I am a sucker for a good homemade soft pretzel! They have them at our mall in Beavercreek, but we had to go to the Dayton Mall last weekend to get one of those yummy Auntie Anne's pretzels - they are the BEST in my book! Warm, sweet deliciousness! I like them with mustard but DH just eats his plain. I have also noticed some shops leaving our local mall, ever since they opened up The Greene shopping area in Beavercreek. Many of them moved out there. It's a nice, upscale shopping center, but only in fair weather, as it's not enclosed like the mall is, and you have to do a lot of walking out in the weather to get from shop to shop. Have you checked it out yet, Kevin? ~Diann

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Yes, I like the Greene....We've been there a couple of times....When you live in Middletown, you are pretty much equal distance from shopping in Cincinnati and Dayton...we usually end up drifting towards Cincy, but Dayton really does have some nice places to check out...Dayton is underrated, I think....

Re: Pretzel Beauty

My locaL mall did an 'over-haul' of it's food court and the pretzal shop was a casuality of it.  Went to the mall Monday night and couldn't help but notice that 1/4 of the shops were closed.  So Kevin, your's isn't the only mall that is dying, ours is taking a slow painful death.

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Really?  I thought the Florence Mall would always be "safe" just because aren't any other Northern KY malls around as competition....Shame, I hope your mall fares better than mine!

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When Libby Lou goes out of business then you know something is wrongSurprised 

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A few years ago Aunt Anne's had pretzel making kits.  We purchased one, and had a blast making a huge mess and making pretzels!  I need to do it again with my children, we do enjoy a good soft preztel though, with cinnamon and butter, please!

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

Re: Pretzel Beauty

There was a shop at a mall close to me that had soft pretzels served with your choice of mustard, marinara or ranch.  Marinara was my favorite.  I may have to give this recipe a try.  Have never made pretzels.  They definitely are not in my diet, unless I eat one with a salad. 

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Oooh!  Susie was a lucky gal, indeed, to get that recipe :-)  I used to eat Auntie Ann's a lot when I was pregnant.  On my days off, I would wander around the mall, look at baby clothes, and grab a pretzel.  I am drawn to the savory ones the most.  I never dip them in anything, but I have heard people (New Yorkers, maybe?) like to dip them in mustard.

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