Soft Pretzel Bites

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I love soft pretzels.  Going to the mall and the smell of the pretzel place hits you and mmmm I am hungry.  I like the buttery salty ones and I love the cinnamon and sugar ones.

So I have tried many different recipes to make delicious soft pretzel bites at home.  Some I have found to be too sweet, some too roll-like, but these are pretty close to perfect.

My recipe is for basic salted ones (better than at the movies, my husband says).  If you would like to make cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites follow this recipe up through the egg wash.  Just don’t put salt on them.  When they come out of the oven brush the pretzels with melted butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar.  Equally as delicious.

Soft Pretzel Bites

From Gather For Bread

1 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup baking soda

1 egg

coarse salt

 

Mix together the warm water, yeast, and brown sugar.  Leave it alone for about five minutes, until the yeast is all bubbly.

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Stir in the flour and salt and kneed the dough until smooth, about five minutes.

Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour.

Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Combine the baking soda with about 4 cups of water (it is ok to just eyeball it) and bring it to a boil.

Punch down the dough and divide it into six equal parts.  With your hands, roll each into a 12 inch long rope.

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Cut each rope into 6 approximately 2 in pieces.

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In batches of 8 – 10, boil the pretzel bites in the baking soda water for 30 seconds.  Move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or well greased) while you repeat with all the pretzel bites.

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Make an egg wash by beating one egg with 1 tbsp water.  Brush each pretzel with the egg mixture and sprinkle with course salt.

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Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown.

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These are best consumed warm from the oven but still delicious at room temperature.

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Soft Pretzel Bites

1 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup baking soda

1 egg

coarse salt

 

Mix together the warm water, yeast, and brown sugar. Let the yeast proof.

Stir in the flour and salt and kneed the dough until smooth, about five minutes.

Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour.

Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Combine the baking soda with about 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Punch down the dough and divide it into six equal parts.  Roll each into a 12 inch long rope.

Cut each rope into 6 approximately 2 in pieces.

In batches of 8 – 10, boil the pretzel bites in the baking soda water for 30 seconds.  Move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper while you repeat with all the pretzel bites.

Make an egg wash by beating one egg with 1 tbsp water.  Brush each pretzel with the egg mixture and sprinkle with course salt.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown.

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