Hello adventures and welcome back to another post. Today we will be making soft pretzel bites! I love this recipe because it reminds me of walking around the mall eating a massive pretzel I convinced my Mom to get for Taylor and I. These pretzel bites are a favorite of my sister’s and they probably won’t last very long. Now onto the recipe.
- 1 1\2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 1\4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups of all-purpose flour (I used a strong gluten flour)
- Vegetable oil
- 3 quarts water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg, 1 tablespoon cold water and a pinch of salt
- course sea salt (or any course salt you have)
Combine the 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, yeast and melted butter in the bowl of the stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increased the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add the additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Bring the 3 quarts of water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and slowly add the baking soda and be careful because it will boil up.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1\4 to 4 1\2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. I did about 10 to 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Brush tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to rest for about 5 minutes before eating. (But that really doesn’t stop my Dad or my sister from eating them sooner).
If you want to make cinnamon sugar pretzel bites- instead of adding the salt, sprinkle the bites with cinnamon and sugar. You can either make a cheese dip to go with the savory ones or cream cheese frosting for the sweet ones.
Comment down below if you prefer sweet or savory pretzels best. Until the next adventure,