Soft pretzels are one of the best foods ever. EVER.
Okay, maybe that’s overly dramatic for bread. But I love them, especially once I discovered that the dry, hard to choke down pretzels that they sell at concessions are NOT really soft pretzels. Or at least they’re not good ones.
Then I tried Aunt Annie’s (Anne’s?) pretzels when I was in the States a few year ago, and have been in love with them ever since. And both happy and sad that there is no Aunt Annie’s store here. Happy cause then I’m not tempted to get a pretzel every single day. And sad cause I can’t get a pretzel every single day.
And then I found out how incredibly easy it is to make soft pretzels. And they’re almost as good as Aunt Annie’s! I say almost, because I’m scared of using actual lye in my kitchen, and you DO need lye to make them perfect. One day I’ll get up the nerve. It just doesn’t seem right to need protective gear while cooking. You know? But a baking soda wash is a pretty close approximation to the real thing, and entirely safe so that’s a bonus!
These pretzel bites are absolutely divine. They’re soft and chewy and buttery and salty. Perfect.
And so, so easy to make. If you’re scared of yeast breads, don’t be. This is seriously one of the easiest yeast doughs ever. Mix everything together, let it rise, cut it up and dunk it in a baking soda wash and that’s about it. Easy. AND delicious.
Too delicious. I’m going to be making far too many pretzel bites. Join me?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!