The Fourth of July with a Twist!

Posted by Chas Kurtz on  June 15, 2015 |
|
0

Food, family, friends, and fun: what more could you ask for?

 

Picnic season is here and the Fourth of July is just around the corner! We have taken the best of summer and added our own special twist with recipes featuring the Auntie Anne’s Homemade Baking Mix.

How many times have you been to a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, and plenty of desserts? Probably a lot. These same foods can become repetitive after a while, so make your picnic standout with pretzel dogs, pretzel buns, and a special dessert pizza!

 

Juicy and delicious: Pretzel Dog

Take a summertime classic and wrap it in a warm blanket of pretzel goodness.

INGREDIENTS

  • Auntie Anne’s® Homemade Baking Mixpretzel-dogs-full
  • Hot Dogs
  • Flour (for dusting)
  • Nonstick spray
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place hot dogs in a heat proof container and cover completely with very hot tap water. Allow hot dogs to sit for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Cut a 5” x1” strip of dough.
  3. Pull dough strip to stretch it out. Start in the middle and move your hands outward while pulling, stretching, and rolling the dough strip. Roll each piece into a rope 22” x½”(about the thickness of your finger).
  4. Remove hot dogs from water and dry with a paper towel.
  5. Starting at one end of the hot dog, wrap the dough strip around the hot dog leaving about ½ inch of hot dog exposed at each end (dough should yield 10-15 strips).
  6. In a medium bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups of hot water. Stir until nearly dissolved.
  7. Lightly coat baking tray with nonstick spray.
  8. Pick up each Pretzel Dog and quickly dip into the baking soda solution. Place Pretzel Dog on towel to drain off excess solution, and then place on coated tray (Pretzel Dogs should not be touching).
  9. Bake one tray at a time on the center rack in preheated oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, rotate tray 180° and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Baking times may vary. NOTE: Internal (core) temperature of the fully baked Pretzel Dog should reach 165ºf.
  10. Melt 4 Tablespoons of butter (optional). After baking the Pretzel Dogs and before they cool, brush butter onto the top of each Pretzel Dog.

*For a bite sized option check out the mini dog recipe.


PREPARATION

Watch our dough preparation video below, or use the instructions that came with your baking kit for best results.

 

 

Out with the old and in with the new: Pretzel Bun

Instead of using a standard bun, make your sandwich favorites on one of these.

pretzel-buns-rolls-full

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Spray an area of the counter with baking spray and turn the risen dough out onto that portion of the counter. Do not spray or flour the area where you will roll pretzels.
  2. For dinner rolls, cut a 12” x ½” strip of dough*. Without stretching the dough out follow instructions to twist a pretzel. See Soft Pretzel baking instructions. Rather than a distinct pretzel shape, you will get a tightly closed-in pretzel roll.
  3. Twist as many rolls as you would like and then in a medium bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water. Stir until nearly dissolved.
  4. Lightly coat baking tray with nonstick spray.
  5. Pick up each pretzel roll and quickly dip into the baking soda solution. Place pretzel roll on towel to drain off excess solution, and then place on coated tray (rolls should not be touching). Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  6. Place the tray of rolls in a warm spot and allow them to rest for 15 minutes. You will notice that the rolls will start to rise and look light and fluffy. After 15 minutes they are ready to be baked.
  7. Bake one tray at a time on the center rack in preheated oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, rotate the tray 180° and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Baking times may vary.
  8. Melt 4 tablespoons butter (optional). After baking the rolls and before they cool, brush butter on top of each pretzel roll.

*Note: For sandwich rolls follow the same procedure except in Step 2, cut a 25” x ¾” strip of dough to make a larger roll. Sandwich rolls can be sliced in half and used for cold sandwiches or delicious warm Panini’s. Experiment with your favorite sandwich flavors!

 

Show your American spirit with: Dessert Pizza

This dessert with have your taste buds bursting with flavor.

dessert-pizza-full

 INGREDIENTS

  •   Auntie Anne’s® Homemade Baking Mix
  •   2 tablespoons melted butter
  •   1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.), softened
  •   1 cup marshmallow fluff
  •   2 cups fresh fruit or berries (use any seasonal combination you like)

 DIRECTIONS

  1. After pretzel dough has rested for 30 minutes, divide dough in half for a thin crust pizza (use the other half      for a savory pizza or alternate flavor sweet pizza like a Rocky Road Pie*) or use the entire dough for a thick crust pizza.
  2. Spray a large round pizza pan (14”) with nonstick spray and stretch dough out onto the pan so the dough reaches the edges. Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle with half of the contents of the cinnamon sugar packet.
  3. Bake the crust in a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust begins to turn golden brown. Remove pizza crust from oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Prepare pizza topping by mixing the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff until smooth. Spread the cream cheese and fluff topping onto the cooled pizza crust and top with fresh fruit and berries (use your favorite combination). Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top of the fruit. Slice and serve!

 

Hungry for more? Find out where you can buy

 Auntie Anne’s Homemade Baking Mix and check out more recipes! 

Make them all or just try one. Let us know what you think by commenting below!

 

Posted by: Abby Piskel, Communications

LEAVE A COMMENT

Please wait......