Cinnamon Apple Soft Pretzels

The smell of Auntie Anne’s wafting through the mall always gets me. After our recent trip to Peck & Bushel and my new crop of Honeycrisps, I was inspired to combine apples with my favorite mall treat.

If yeast intimidates you, don’t let it! Using yeast for homemade dough is really very simple. You just need a little extra time for the dough to rise (I use that time to clean my kitchen!)

Cinnamon Apple Soft Pretzels

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 C warm water
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 C cake flour
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 large apple, peeled and finely diced (about 1 cup)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBSP baking soda
2 C hot water
4 TBSP melted butter
1/2 C sugar

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir until fully dissolved. Add brown sugar and salt and stir. One cup at a time, add cake flour, stirring well until incorporated. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Slowly add AP flour, until soft dough forms. Knead dough with hands in bowl for 5 minutes, until smooth, making sure all flour is incorporated into the dough.

Place dough in a greased bowl, turning over to coat. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Punch down dough. Split into about 10-12 balls. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-15 inch strip.

In a bowl, mix hot water and baking soda until dissolved. Dunk each strip into the baking soda water and dab dry with a paper towel (the baking soda will give the pretzel a golden, crispy crust!). Grab the dough by each end and twist the corners inward, crossing them over each other to form a pretzel shape. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Melt butter in microwave. Mix sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush pretzels with butter. Using a spoon, shake cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the pretzels. Shake to remove access topping.

Serve warm.

These pretzels are delicious right out of the oven. If cooled, I suggest microwaving them for 30 seconds before eating.

We hope you enjoyed apple week on Haute Apple Pie! What kind of apple recipes have you been dishing up this fall?

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Cinnamon Apple Soft Pretzels

  1. I’m a huge fan of applesauce and apple crisp. I’ve made both! I think a pie and these pretzels are calling my name before apple season leaves us for the year.

  2. I can just picture these warm and doughy coming out of the oven…yum! I’ve never made pretzels before, but now I’m inspired!

  3. Jaxx

    I can’t wait to try this, it lookd delicious! Do you add the apples before or after the flour?

  4. This looks fantastic! Would it be too naughty of me to deep fry these? 🙂

  5. sarahsonn

    We are having a belated Oktoberfest party next weekend and I’m going to make these to accompanying my traditional pretzels for sure!

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