I love soft pretzels. I love hard pretzels. I especially love chocolate covered pretzels.
The other day I was trying to find something new and tasty to make for a Superbowl party.
I found this recipe for pretzel bites on Haiela’s and followed it exactly – something I rarely do! The only thing I did try differently was adding some cinnamon/sugar instead of salt on some of the pretzels… Really, I didn’t add much so I couldn’t even really taste it.
But boy-oh-boy these are dang good. They are a bit involved. I don’t like involved. But I didn’t mind these. The part where they are most involved is when you have to drop them into boiling water. Blerg. Actually, this ended up being my favorite part. Wouldntyaknow.
- 1.5 C warm water
- 1 packet yeast
- 1 T honey
- 4.5 C flour
- 1 T salt (I know, yikes. Oh well – give it a try)
- 6 T melted butter
- 5 C water
- 1/3 C baking soda
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 T water
Do this: in mixing bowl, empty yeast and warm water; add honey and stir. Let sit for around 5 minutes. While waiting combine flour and salt and melt the butter. Add flour, salt and butter to yeast mixture and with dough hook, mix for about 5 minutes until soft ball forms. Place in an oiled bowl for about an hour, covered with plastic [and read the last book of The Hunger Games series while waiting].
When dough has set for an hour, begin to bring the 5 cups of water to a boil. While waiting for water to boil, remove dough from bowl and pull apart small pieces to make little balls (mine were about the size of a large gum ball… that’s the best comparison I can think of…). Once water is boiling, add baking soda. Begin to drop about 6-8 dough balls in water; let “cook” for 30 seconds and then remove with slotted spoon and place onto baking sheet. Once all have been “cooked” in the water, cut a small slit with kitchen shears in each and then brush with egg yolk/water mixture; sprinkle with salt and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or lightly golden on top. Remove from oven and slide parchment onto baking sheet (it’s tough but I have faith you can do it. I only lost a couple along the way. By lost I mean used the 5 second rule to taste-test them myself) and let cool.
Try not to eat the all before the party.
I’m not kidding.