I love making homemade pretzels. Ever since making them as a past Daring Bakers challenge over a year ago, I just can't get enough. They are so very simple to make and the reward is pure deliciousness!
When I saw these pretzel bites on Two Peas and Their Pod, there was no doubt that I would make them. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I absolutely love the pretzel bites at the mall so it really should've occured to me to make my own!
The bites were so good! The only change I would make (and, warning, this isn't a healthy change!) would be to brush them with a little melted butter right out of the oven. I think then they would be almost identical to the bites I love.
I also made a few large pretzels and dipped them in cinnamon sugar. I only wish that I had cream cheese in the house when I made them because they would've been fantastic with a cream cheese frosting for dipping.
If you haven't made homemade pretzels yet I highly suggest you give them a try. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod
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
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
For the Pretzels: 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.
Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating.
*If you want to make cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites-instead of adding salt, sprinkle the bites with cinnamon and sugar.