Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
 
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These homemade soft pretzel bites are so easy to make- no more trips to the mall! Start to finish these golden beauties are ready to go in a little over 30 minutes!
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Yield: 40-50 bites
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. warm water
  • 1 tsp. dry active yeast
  • 2 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 c. water
  • ½ c. baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten + 1 tbsp. cold water
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • OR
  • 2 tbsp. sugar + 1½ tsp. sugar & 2 tbsp. melted butter
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, line one baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add warm water. Sprinkle yeast and allow to dissolve for 2-3 minutes. Add brown sugar, butter and salt. With mixing speed on low add the flour a half cup at a time. When all of the flour is gone sprinkle in the cornstarch, switch to the dough hook attachment (or place dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 4 minutes), mix on low for 4 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 6 equal size pieces. Roll each ball into a long rope, about about ½" wide. I like to wet my hands a bit for this if my dough isn’t tacky. It helps! Cut 1½" pieces.
  4. Place 10 bites into a pot with boiling water and baking soda. Allow the bites to cook for about 30 seconds, then remove and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and salt immediately (if doing salted). Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the bites are golden brown, just watch them so they don't burn! If doing the cinnamon sugar version, immediately dip the tops of the bites into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Notes
-For a quick and easy cream cheese dip: beat 8 oz. of room temperature cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add ¾ stick room temperature butter along with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ cup milk and 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat until smooth, then warm in the microwave or on the stovetop until it reaches a dipping consistency.
-For a quick and easy spicy cheddar sauce: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk until it bubbles. Add 1 cup of whole milk or half and half, continue whisking. to the skillet and continue whisking. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Sprinkle in ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add a grated 8 oz. block of medium or sharp cheddar cheese that has been tossed in 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Whisk until nice and smooth.
-This recipe can easily be doubled.


Recipe source: Life Made Simple, method adapted from Epicurious
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/homemade-soft-pretzel-bites-two-ways/