You're at the mall, shopping for the holidays. All of a sudden, the enticing aroma of a soft, fresh mall pretzel wafts into your nostrils. You pick the newest-looking one and empty your wallet. The heavenly, gooey pretzel with crunchy salt is now yours, and you happily scarf it down.
There's really nothing like the tempting aroma of the famous mall pretzel, so we are here to make your life a little easier and help you avoid mall crowds and prices. If you have most of these standard baking ingredients on hand, it will cost you next to nothing to make these delicious mall pretzels.
If you're craving a sweet or savory flavor, feel free to substitute the coarse salt for other fixings like garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.
Here is the recipe, courtesy of AllRecipes:
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
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan. Line 6 baking sheets with parchment paper.
After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place onto parchment covered baking sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.