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Baking: Soft chewy Mall Pretzels!



Soft big chewy mall pretzels that are easy to make at home so you don't have to go to the mall if you ever have a hankering for one.
Soft big chewy mall pretzels that are easy to make at home so you don't have to go to the mall if you ever have a hankering for one.
Here's a picture by picture instruction on how to. I like mine completely covered in cinnamon sugar but I also made Pretzel dogs and they were delicious! My boyfriend ate 3 out of the 4 I made, he really liked them, lol. Best if eaten the day of but you can always store leftovers in the freezer and nuke them for 45secs whenever you want another one. A little stale after storing them? Just microwave them for a couple secs :D

I got the recipe from Mall Pretzels from Allrecipes.com
Here's the following with my notes and pictures. It's pretty easy and simple, you can even just make breadsticks with this and sprinkle some garlic salt and parmesan over them before baking. It's good, not really delicious delicious but hey it satisfies my pretzel craving :)

SOFT CHEWY PRETZELS "Mall Pretzels"

INGREDIENTS

* 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
* 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup bread flour
* 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 2 tablespoons baking soda
* 2 tablespoons butter, melted
* 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. (I let this proof w/ 1/2 cup flour for 10minutes but I don't think you need to do that for this recipe). Stir in flour (I reserved 1/2 cup for kneading and added it to the dough a few tablespoons at a time.), and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

It shouldn't stick to your hands and should pull away from the bowl. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.

2. Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan. I think this solution allows for a chewy crust.

3. After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Yay for dough scrapers! if you don't have one, get one! Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner.

The trick is to form it and then roll it with both hands going out, pressure on the heel of your hand and making an up and down motion. It's like massaging a snake, yeah yeah you know what i mean. :P :P Here's a youtube vid of some guy doing it the quick professional way, you don't need to do it like that (crazy skills) but the massaging part is the same.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=klZ7N91-zdQ

Twist into a pretzel shape, and lightly dip into the baking soda solution. If they turn goopy on you then your dough is still sorta wet when you rolled them, you can try holding them over the solution and sprinkle it on and pat it around. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar. Also, don't bake it on the lowest rack, put your rack on the middle shelf,lower rack would cause the bottoms to burn. The parchment paper will burn on you but pretzels lift off easy. I tried aluminum foil ungreased and it stuck to the pretzels. You can try greased aluminum foil.

Pretzel Dogs: The hot dog doesn't need to be 'cooked' for this, just take it out of the fridge. Roll out the dough to like 2 1/2ft long, lightly dip in baking soda/water solution and the easiest way is to lay the dough down, with one end wind it around the tip of the hot dog and roll the dog till the dough is winded all around. LOL :), my bf was like why aren't there any gaps in the dough like the ones in the mall?(bc i sorta overlapped it), so i made sure to seperate the dough a bit to make little gaps. lol :D

OH YEAH!
Cinnamon Sugar dip: BF says, instead of covering your pretzel with butter before dipping make like a sugar syrup like they do at Auntie Ann's. I'm thinking equal parts sugar and water and heated up in the microwave, genorously brush this on your pretzels and dip to your hearts delight in a cinnamon sugar!

Lianna Lianna 7 years 17 weeks
I made these tonight! I thought they would suck my first attempt because I've never used yeast before, but they turned out really yummy, I used extra butter and extra salt. mmm. If this picture doesn't work I also posted one on my profile. http://images.teamsugar.com/files/users/4/42356/20_2007/P5180001.preview.JPG
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 19 weeks
for some reason i am totally craving these again! it's so easy, just flour, yeast, water and some seasonings :P
SU3 SU3 7 years 19 weeks
:DROOL: looks soooo good! Thanks for posting! I'll definitely give these a try!!
ikilledtherock ikilledtherock 7 years 19 weeks
Those pretzel hot dogs look SO good! Now I don't have to go to Auntie Anne's to get one! I'm definitely going to make these tonight! Thanks so much!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 7 years 20 weeks
i love preztel dogs!! yum!
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 7 years 20 weeks
you can do it molly, just make sure to get a fresh packet of yeast. when are you going to start baking things for the office?! ;)
Molly Molly 7 years 20 weeks
Mmmmm....I really want to make pretzels sometimes. But I'm a baby and working wit yeast scares me. :(
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years 20 weeks
ohhhhhhhh sweetness!!!
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 20 weeks
they are pretty easy! only hard part is shaping them but that's where the fun is :D i hope you guys give them a try and post pics! :P
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 7 years 20 weeks
Those look great! I'm going to have to add pretzels to my list of "what to bake next"!
ALSW ALSW 7 years 20 weeks
These look great! If you say they're simply, I'll have to give them a shot!
karmasabitch karmasabitch 7 years 20 weeks
OMG those look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! Bookmarking I have to try this recipe :DROOL:
aflower aflower 7 years 20 weeks
ahhh haze1nut..i am so excited about this recipe. one of my favorites, but i never thought of making them at home!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 7 years 20 weeks
Omg, YUM! I love mall pretzels!
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 20 weeks
partysugar, these are better than bagel dogs bc when hot and you bite into it these things the pretzel was soft and chewy and i swear it was fluffy in my mouth! soooo good with mustard/ketchup. regular food porn :P i used the ball park beef ones.......so good. a bit salty butt that adds to the pretzel flavor, just don't season them with salt :P
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 20 weeks
*flour* duhhhh :nerdgirl: :OY: :-P _________________________________________ * I want a vacation *
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 20 weeks
thank you hazelnut! I will get the bread flower, I'm awful trying to make substitutions and don't want to screw around with this yummy recipe! I could eat that plate of pretzels right now! :-) _________________________________________ * I want a vacation *
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 20 weeks
shiloh, bread flour has more gluten than all purpose :P i suggest king arthur's brand but any bread flour could do. the high gluten in bread flour adds more chewiness and causes it to rise more. if you used bread flour in an all purpose required cake your cake will end up hard and chewy. :P if you don't have bread flour, try adding maybe using 4 cups of all purpose to 1 1/3c water? i'm thinking that'll be fine but bread flour is always handy to have around for breads and such :D thanks guys! this was super super easY! i'll probably make another batch for my family! :D
partysugar partysugar 7 years 20 weeks
Omg, I may need to get a bagel dog for lunch, that looks DELICIOUS!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 7 years 20 weeks
Wow- that looks ideal. TINA!
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 20 weeks
:DROOL: those look delicioussss!!! just one question: what is "bread flower"? any name you could suggest? I think I have all the other ingredients at home :-) Thanks!!!!! _________________________________________ * I want a vacation *
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 7 years 20 weeks
definitely favorited! yum...thanks haze for the new recipe. i crave mall pretzels all the time! :drool:
curleyjo84 curleyjo84 7 years 20 weeks
looks so yummy! thanks for the recipe