Pumpkin Pie With Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Crust

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Last week I shared my pumpkin pie recipe. Know what makes it even better?

A soft pretzel crust.

In particular, an Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel crust.

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I’m kinda sorta addicted to Auntie Anne’s pretzels. The problem is that I can never get my hands on them when I want them, because here in MN, the only place you can find them is at the mall, and much as I love me a good pretzel, I’m just not willing to drive that far for a craving.

Auntie Anne’s, in their brilliance, solved my problem – they offer an at-home baking kit.

Of course I jumped at the chance to try it out. There was just one catch.

I wasn’t allowed to use the kit to bake pretzels.

I almost cried.

But then I put on my apron and got to experimenting. I like pumpkin pie. I like pretzels. Voila! The pretzel pie crust was born.

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Soft, yummy, and totally delicious. Oh, and really easy to make, too.

The Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit includes everything you need to make their soft pretzels. I measured my warm water and added the yeast packet that came in the box.

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A quick stir to dissolve and I could already smell the yeast activating.

Next I added the yeast/water to my dough mix. The kit has everything all pre-measured in a bag that you just pour into a mixing bowl – super easy.

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Anytime I work with dough, I use my hands to mix it. I’m going to wind up kneading it with my hands anyway, so I figure using a spoon to mix the dough is only creating more dishes for me later.

Ok, so you mix the dough mix and the water to form a dough. On a floured surface, you knead the dough ball for about 5 minutes.

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After you’re done kneading, you have to give the dough time to rest. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap that’s been lightly sprayed with non-stick coating and let it rise for about 30 minutes. This is a good time to pour yourself a glass of wine and look up Auntie Anne’s online. May as well check out their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube while you’re at it.

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When your dough is done rising, roll it into a 1/4” thick crust.

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Lightly flour your baking pan, then place the crust into the pan.

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Trim off the excess crust and add your pie filling. (I used my homemade pumpkin pie filling recipe.)

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Bake according to your recipe directions. Just like with a traditional crust, your pretzel crust should come out nice and golden brown.

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Serve with fresh whipped cream or your favorite ice cream for a delicious dessert!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a Blog Friendly PR campaign on behalf of Auntie Anne’s. I received a sample for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. That sounds delicious. I love the sound of the salty pretzel with the sweet pumpkin. I will have to try that. Thanks

  2. How did I miss this entry??? YUM! Am I crazy to think Banana Creme pie would be good with a pretzel crust?

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