I love soft pretzels. I remember as a kid standing and watching the employees at Auntie Annie’s twist that dough into a pretzel so fast I couldn’t keep my eyes on them. It was amazing! This recipe is reminiscante of Auntie Annie’s but with a more homemade taste! Most soft pretzel recipes call to be topped with Kosher salt, but if you haven’t tried Himalayan Pink Salt yet you really need to. It has a unique flavor and natural pink coloring that was perfect for these heart shaped pretzels. This would make a great Valentine’s Day lunch and twisting the dough would be a fun project to do with the kids!
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 stick of butter, for topping
- 1/4 cup Himalayan Pink Salt, for topping
- 1/4 cup Honey, for topping
- 2 tbsp cinnamon, for topping
- In a bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add 1 tbs of oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl with the remaining 2 tbsp of oil, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
- In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel (or heart) shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.
- Divide butter in two separate bowls and melt.
- Stir honey and cinnamon into one bowl.
- Lightly glaze pretzels with either the honey/cinnamon mixture or plain butter.
- Sprinkle both with Himalayan Pink Salt.
I twisted half the dough into hearts and topped them with the honey/cinnamon glaze! How cute are these for V-day!?
The other half of the dough I twisted into pretzels and topped with butter!
My husband even helped me make this awesome Spicy Cheddar Dip. Click Here for the recipe!
Needless to say, all the pretzels were gone by the next day! The kids really enjoyed them and we were able to use the leftover dip to top other yummy foods!