Disclaimer: I typically make my baked goods from scratch. Everything from breadsticks and dinner rolls to innamon rolls and pizza dough – I just prefer the homemade version. But when the Rhodes Bread Dough is on sale and I have a coupon – I always buy a few bags, because it makes all those recipes above (plus so many more) quick and easy!
My favorite use for Rhodes Bread Dough though is Shortcut SOFT PRETZELS. Now, these aren’t quite as good Auntie Anne’s or anything… but they are still delicious, especially when they are hot from the oven, rolled in butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar!
I also have found that these are an easy, and tasty activity to do with kids. Granted, most of the finished products don’t quite look like your typical pretzel, but that’s half the fun!
- 1 loaf of Rhodes bread dough, thawed
- 1/4 cup butter, melted (I used Earth Balance Spread to make these vegan)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- about 10 cups water
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Thaw bread dough according to the package directions. Do let the dough rise - you just want it to be soft enough to work with.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into about a 12-16 inch long rope. Form the rope into a pretzel shape.
- Place the pretzels on a greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. You will need to let the pretzel rise for about 30-40 minutes until they have doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 375. Bring about 10 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. You will need about 6 inches of water. Add 3 tablespoons baking soda to the boiling water.
- Slowly drop in your pretzels, a few at a time, very gently boiling water. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds on each side. Remove them from the boiling water with slotted spoon and set on a cooling rack to drain.
- Place your pretzels on a greased cookie sheet - about 2 inches apart. Bake the pretzels for about 18 minutes or until brown.
- While they are baking, combine your sugar and cinnamon together and in a separate bowl, melt the butter. Just make sure your bowls are big enough to fit a pretzel! Immediately dip the hot pretzels in melted butter or brush them with it. Then sprinkle or dunk each pretzel in the cinnamon-sugar. I also sprinkled a few with kosher salt.