We're all missing the magic at the moment, so me and my boys thought we would try our hand at making one of our favorite park snacks at home! I was a little daunted at first because I had never made pretzels before (despite eating many Auntie Anne's and park pretzels in my life) but it was super easy and so fun.
Firstly, I used this pretzel dough recipe:
But I brushed the pretzels withe butter before the oven, instead of dipping them after.
And then the materials you need to make them Mickey shaped are a small sharp knife, a cutting board, two large pieces of parchment paper, a rolling pin, a small bit of flour (about 1/4c) and a Mickey shaped stencil (I used a pancake mold from WDW but you can even print on on paper to use).
Make up the dough as per the instructions, and after letting it rise assemble all the items listed above, and follow these easy steps:
1. Put your cutting board down with one piece of parchment paper on it. Then very lightly dust with flour.
2. Cut off roughly a softball size piece of dough and place it on the floured parchment paper.3. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top and roll out the dough. you'll want about a 1/4 inch in thickness and remember it will shrink a little when you take the parchment off so make sure to roll it larger than your stencil size.
4. Remove the upper parchment paper and place your stencil on the dough and cut around the outer edge. I found dipping my knife in the baking soda water that you should have to the side (from the recipe) helped the knife get a clean cut.
5. Next, cut out the circles inside the ears and the nose as well.
6. Lastly cut in a rounded 'M' for the eyes and a nice Mickey smile.
7. Carefully lift the dough and dip the pretzel in the baking soda water like the recipe instructs. Place onto a greased baking tray.
8. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt if desired, this is what will make it nice and browned and crispy.
9. Bake roughly 6 minutes at 450F/230C. I used the fan setting, so the cooked quickly and stayed very soft on the insides.
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