Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pretzel Bites

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Do you love snacking? How about versatile snacking?  These little bites can be sweet or savory and are great made ahead of time and will keep frozen until your craving hits!


Or Savory.

I like to dip in spicy mustard and sriracha.  What's your favorite dip?

Toss them in butter and coat them in cinnamon sugar for a decadent treat.

Little cushions of possibility.

yield: makes about 10 servings 

4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. white sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water

butter for brushing on top

1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and warm water and allow to bloom about 10 minutes while you measure the other ingredients.

2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt.  Make a well in the center, and the oil and yeast mixture.  Mix and form into a dough.  If the mixture is dry, add a tsp or two of water, if it is too wet, add a little flour.  Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 or 8 minutes.  Lightly oil or spray bowl, place dough in it, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a large bowl dissolve baking soda in hot water.  

4. When risen, take dough and divide into about 10 pieces.  Keep the pieces you aren't working with covered.  Roll each ball into a log and cut into bite sized pieces.  Dip them into the bowl of water and baking soda and line up on a sheet pan.

5.  Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.  

6. Brush with melted butter when they come out and top with salt or cinnamon sugar.  (or leave them plain, freeze them, and top them later.)  

These pretzel bites microwave well after being frozen and are the perfect snack for any time of day.

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