Thursday, September 29, 2011

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Sometimes if I've had a stressful day....all I want to do is go home and bake. Cooking comes pretty easy to me...but baking is a whole different story. Baking can be really complicated...and I never claimed to be very good at following directions...which is why I like cooking so much... but sometimes concentrating on exact measurements and making something I've never made before helps get my mind off of whatever I'm trying to get my mind off of. And it's just fun to try and make something new.... so fast forward to our latest baking adventure. Pretzel Bites!

Isn't it funny when sometimes you look at a picture and are like those look great but I've already accepted mine will never look that good... look how pretty these turned out! Seriously...brown and salty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.. such a fun snack to munch on while watching the sing off ... speaking of which, is anyone as excited as me that Sara Bareilles has replaced Paula Abdul Nicole Shertzinger. Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles if I wasn't already obsessed enough with this show. . I haven't quite picked who I want to win yet....but I think I can narrow it down next week :)

On to the pics!
Look at that color!
 With your choice of mustard dipping sauces-
Aren't they pretty?? YUM!

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase 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 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 the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring the water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and add the baking soda.

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. We did about 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.


from two peas and their pod, originally from bobby flay


Nancy said...

My mouth is watering.... looks delicious.

Kat Weber said...