Last time I made pretzels I think I was younger than 6 years old. And I don’t remember it well. We did for a while purchase the frozen ones from Sam’s Club or some place like that. They were good, but even that was many moons ago. But love the big pretzels with salt you can get at sports games or other events.
None the less, the recipe I followed was from King Arthur. Now I will say that I did not have instant yeast so I had to use the dry active yeast, which was 2 1/4 tsp in a cup of warm water (failed to get the yeast to activate when it was in hot water so tap warm is the way to go).
Pretzel Bites Recipe:
– 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
– 1 tsp Salt
– 1 tsp Sugar
– 2 1/4 tsp Dry Active Yeast (set for 5 mins in a cup of warm water with a tsp of sugar)
– 7/8 to 1 Cup of Warm Water
– 1 Cup Boiling Water
– 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
– Coarse, Kosher, or Pretzel Salt (I used sea salt, which worked just as well)
– 6 Tbsp Butter, Melted
In a medium size mixing bowl combine all of the dough ingredients and beat until well combined. Knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes, until its soft and smooth and quite slack. Flour the dough and place into a bag to let rest for 30 minutes.
While dough is resting prepare the topping. Combine the boiling water and baking soda. Stirring until the baking soda is dissolved (or almost completely dissolved). Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm or cooler.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.
Transfer the dough to work surface that is non stick or lightly greased. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. (I cut mine like a pizza).
Roll the six pieces of dough into 12″ to 15″ ropes. Cut each rope crosswise into 12 to 14 pieces.
Pour the cooled water/baking soda mixture into a pan large enough to hold the dough pieces. Put the dough pieces into the mixture and swish them around for a minute and then let them sit for a minute in the mixture. Then transfer the dough pieces to the prepared baking sheet and top with salt.
Bake the bites for 12 to 15 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and roll them in the melted butter.