I recently received a package of Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit to try out in my kitchen. While Auntie Anne’s is certainly known for their famous pretzels, I was hoping to create more of a quick supper, than a snack. I do some tutoring and a freshman girls’ Bible study, at my house on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, so whatever I prepare for dinner, needs to be fast, simple and “guest-friendly”. Since my guests were freshman girls, who tend to get excited about anything related to my blog, I decided we would test Auntie Anne’s Baking Mix by making Pretzel Dogs. The recipe was included in the baking mix package and can also be found at Auntie Anne’s website.
The kit contained:
- pouch of baking mix
- package of Red Star yeast
- pouch of baking soda
- small bag of coarse salt
- small bag of cinnamon sugar
Mixing the dough was a super simple process. I mixed the Red Star yeast packet, included in the kit, with 1 1/4 cups of warm water and stirred to dissolve the yeast. Then I added the packet of baking mix and let my Bosch do the work of mixing and kneading. I did need to add about 2 extra Tablespoons of warm water to get the dough to the correct consistency. Less humidity and drier air could account for that with this colder weather we are having.
Once the dough was kneaded (It’s a beautiful, smooth, soft dough.) I couldn’t resist having a little taste, before I set it aside to rise. It is actually quite sweet, so I have no doubt it would work equally well in sweet roll or dessert preparations. I put the dough in a lightly greased bowl, covered the bowl with a warm, damp towel and set the dough aside to rise for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, or so, I rolled out the dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. I then cut it into 1 inch wide strips and cut each of those strips to be about 5 inches long. It doesn’t have to be anything terribly precise, just in the ballpark. Starting in the center of each 5 inch strip, I started stretching the dough. The strips got substantially longer (maybe 20 inches or so) and thinned to about 1/2 inch in width.
Once the dough strips were stretched, I wrapped them around each hotdog, leaving about 1/2 inch exposed at the end of each. I then dipped them, quickly, into a baking soda and water solution that I had made with the baking soda pouch from the kit. After dipping them, I placed each pretzel dog on a greased baking sheet.
I baked these at 350° for 5 minutes and then rotated the pan 180 degrees and baked them 5 minutes more. The picture below is after the ten minutes baking and they were still a little doughy on the sides. For my oven, we decided to put them in just a little longer and so ended up adding 4 more minutes of cooking time. That was perfect.
While the Pretzel Dogs baked, I grabbed the cinnamon sugar packet that had come in the kit and sprinkled it over the remaining dough I had rolled out. Then I started rolling it into a log, just like I would if I made cinnamon rolls. They didn’t hold together as easily as cinnamon rolls because I didn’t add anything else to them, but it still worked fine. I sliced them quick and put them on a sprayed cookie sheet.
Our family enjoyed both of these tasty dishes made in a hurry. What a great surprise to get two from one Auntie Anne’s Baking Kit. You can pick up a baking kit at your favorite local grocery store, K-Mart, select Walmarts, Bed, Bath & Beyond and so many more. Visit Auntie Anne’s website to find a retailer near you. You can also learn more about Auntie Anne’s on You Tube, their Facebook page or by following them on Twitter. What tasty treat could you dream up with this simple, quick baking kit?
I received an Auntie Anne’s Baking Kit through Blog Friendly PR in order to test it and conduct this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As always, at Busy-at-Home, all views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.