Monday, October 1, 2012

Baked Pretzel Bites

Soft pretzels always deceive me with how simple they are to make.

pretzel bites

Even though I've made pretzels countless times, I always find myself curling my lip in disdain when I replay the process in my head. Then halfway through I realize I'm being whiny and that the dough really only takes a handful of minutes to prepare. It's the rising time, people. It gets me every time. 


Anyway, this time I thought I'd simplify the process even more and make soft pretzel bites, a recipe I adapted from an Alton Brown classic that yields crispy, soft, golden brown pretzels every time. They make a perfect snack for Football Sunday, after school, or late-night carb cravings.

Go ahead and try 'em! I guarantee you'll be surprised with how simple the process really is. Also, dip them in chocolate sauce. Seriously.

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Pretzel Bites Recipe
adapted from Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 cups)
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted

10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda

1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water
Pretzel salt (kosher salt is a great substitute)

Directions
Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam.

Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl, and coat the bowl with oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 F. Line two baking pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil in an large saucepan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Cut into 1-inch pieces and roll into balls.

Place the pretzel bites into the boiling water in batches for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a slotted spoon and place them on the baking pan, making sure they aren’t touching.  

Brush the top of each pretzel bite with the egg and water mixture, then sprinkle with the salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6 to 10 minutes. Check frequently to make sure they aren’t burning! Cool on a wire rack.



8 comments:

  1. Wow, these look amazing! What does the baking soda in the water do? And what is pretzel salt - is it like rock salt?

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  2. It's the water bath that does me in... but I love homemade pretzels. I never thought of making them bite size. We also like to make cinnamon sugar pretzels. Omit the egg wash and salt befor baking. Brush warm pretzels with melted butter and honey, sprinkle over cinnamon and sugar. YUMMMM!

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  3. Mmm... those look great. What would you suggest dipping them in? I am pinning!

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  4. We love pretzels here. Of course when you live in PA you just have to love pretzels. I used to by from the Amish because they were just so good. Now I make my own and am always looking for new recipes to try. This one is deffinately on my to try list. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Pretzels is not something very common here in India, Indian snacks are mostly deep fried... this recipe looks wonderful... guess what's new on my snacks menu!

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  6. I love how these looks. I will probably try these pretty soon.

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