Yesterday, my husband and I went to Disneyland for a DLD (Disneyland Date). I saw a Wetzel’s pretzel stand and really wanted a pretzel, but I cannot eat the entire thing (at least I shouldn’t). My husband said that he only likes Auntie Anne’s pretzels, so we went along our merry way. Of course, the thought of pretzels stayed there in the back of my mind, so I decided to try a knock-off recipe for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels as the first post in my new “Knock-off Recipe Test” series.
I found several on the Internet and settled on one found on Food.com. You can see it here. It took a couple of hours, but, most of the time, as with many bread recipes, was just waiting for the dough to rise. Here are some pics of my pretzel making adventure.
Were they EXACTLY like Auntie Anne’s? No. But they were pretty good. They tasted more like Auntie Anne’s after they set out for about 10 minutes. Fresh out of the oven, it was easier to tell that they were not exactly the same. I’d give this recipe an A-, because it was very good, and it was pretty close to the original. Plus these were a lot cheaper than if I bought them at the mall. I’m sure I’d pay at least $3/pretzel or for 6 pretzel sticks. I ended up with 7 pretzels and 22 pretzel sticks, so I would have spent at least $30 to buy this at Auntie Anne’s. I spent less than a dollar on the entire recipe, saving myself over $29 dollars. Not too bad for a lazy Saturday, huh?
We will definitely make them again, but, as I often do, I’ll tweak the recipe just a tad bit. If I stumble on something amazing, I promise that I’ll share it here first.