Soft Pretzel Bites

 

Awwwwwww, yeah.

Soft pretzel bites. I am an addict.

I’ve tried several, and yes, I mean: several recipes in relentless hunt for a decent soft pretzel bite.  And, until I came across this particular recipe, I was not succeeding.  Some were too doughy, some were too dense, and some were just not what I had hoped them to be. But, never fear.  This recipe is a keeper.

Believe it or not, these are not that incredibly difficult to make.  Yes, because they are a yeast dough, they take some time to rise.  But, really, when you’ve got things like laundry, studying, and cleaning to do, one hour of rising time is a strategic way for me to multitask…and end up with an awesome treat at the end.

These are definitely best when they are still warm from the oven. I find that they keep well for a day or so afterwards, as well. (The salt on top turns them into not-so-nice pretzel bites after more than two days).  As far as dipping sauces go, I like a good mustard or cheese sauce.  For a fantastic cheese sauce, please see the original recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod (link below).

Soft Pretzel Bites

Servings: about 60 bites

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 and 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 quarts water

3/4 cup baking soda

For the egg wash:

1 large egg

1 tablespoon cold water

Coarse sea salt, for garnish

Oil, for prepping your bowl to rise the dough in

Instructions

1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the water, brown sugar, yeast and melted butter.  Stir to combine, and then let sit for about 5 minutes, or until slightly foamy.

2. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the salt and flour until just combined.

3. Increase the mixer speed to medium-low and knead until the dough is elastic and pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl, about 3-4 minutes.

4. Roll the dough into a bowl gently with your hands, place in a pre-oiled bowl, and cover with a light tea cloth or towel.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

6. Punch down the dough and, on a clean and lightly floured flat surface, divide it into 8 equal portions.

7. Roll each portion into a long rope, about 18-20 inches in length.

8. Cut each rope into 1-inch portions and place each one on a lightly greased baking sheet. Set aside.

9. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pot over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil.

10.  Very carefully (the water will spray and foam up), add the baking soda.

11. In small batches, boil the pretzel bites for about 30 seconds or so.  (Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the boiling water and place them back on the baking sheet, about 1 to 2 inches apart.)

12. To make the egg wash: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cold water.

13. Lightly brush the boiled pretzel bites with the egg wash and lightly sprinkle with the coarse sea salt.

14. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.

 

Source: Directly from Two Peas and Their Pod.  Check out the link for a great cheese sauce to go with these!

 

September 23, 2011 - 6:10 am

Blog is the New Black - Shanon, these have been on my list to make for awhile and I never seem to get around to it! They look delish, little little pillows of goodnews!

September 23, 2011 - 9:57 am

Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats - These look great. One of our local restaurants serves pretzel bites with a spicy honey mustard sauce ad they are fantastic. Yum!

September 23, 2011 - 10:25 am

Maria - Yay! Glad you liked the pretzel bites!

September 23, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Kelsey - These would be so great for tailgating. Thanks for sharing!

September 23, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Deborah - I have been dying to try these since I saw them on Maria’s blog. Now I really need to make them!

September 24, 2011 - 7:39 am

Krissy@DaintyChef - I have made their version as well, definitely delicious! Beautiful photos

September 24, 2011 - 4:55 pm

narges - just made these. I put salt on half for my fiance and sugar (turbinado) on the other half for me! both are AMAZING. thanks for sharing.

September 25, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Erin Koetz Olson - Even though I bake all the time I always avoid yeast breads because I have never been very successful with them. I decided today was the day to face my fears and make these amazing pretzels. Just like the one’s at the mall but so much better. Thanks so much for the recipe. I am a devoted subscriber now.

September 26, 2011 - 1:28 am

Paula @ Dishing the Divine - i don’t love pretzels, but I am married to a man who does. I betcha he and his fellow office mates would love these!

September 27, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Annie - You know what would make these pictures even better? Your fingers holding the pretzel bites, preferably with long nails. Just sayin’.

October 20, 2011 - 10:24 am

Toni - Hi! I decided to make a few of these without boiling them to see if I should bother boiling the rest. After I cut my bite-sized pretzels, I simply dipped them in the baking soda and water and sprinkled them with salt. This way was my favorite! It definitely tastes like a pretzel without all the hassle of boiling. I also tried some using the baking soda mixture and egg wash, but I personally wasn’t fond of the egg taste. I made some cinnamon and sugar bites by dipping them in the baking soda before baking and then dipping them in melted butter followed by a cinnamon sugar mixture. DElicious! Thanks! :)

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