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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When your dough is done rising, roll it into a 1/4” thick crust.
Lightly flour your baking pan, then place the crust into the pan.
Trim off the excess crust and add your pie filling. (I used my homemade pumpkin pie filling recipe.)
Bake according to your recipe directions. Just like with a traditional crust, your pretzel crust should come out nice and golden brown.
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.