1/2 cup warm water plus 1/4 Tablespoon water, divided
1/2 Tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 package active dry yeast (appx. 1/4 Tablespoon)
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons egg beaters
1 Tablespoon kosher salt (optional)
1. in a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, yeast, melted butter and 1/2 cup warm water. whisk to combine the ingredients and let sit for five minutes or until it becomes frothy.
2. once it’s frosty, add salt and flour.
3. mix the dough until it’s all incorporated and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
4. on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until you can form it into a ball.
5. lightly spray or coat the inside of a bowl with nonstick spray or oil. put the dough ball into the bowl and cover it with saran wrap. put it in a warm place and let it sit for an hour until it doubles in size.
6. preheat oven to 425 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly flour a cutting board. get a medium pot of water boiling and mix in the baking soda.
7. separate the dough ball into four pieces and roll them each out into a snake. slice the “snake” into 1” pieces and about 5-7 chunks at a time, drop into the boiling water for one minute. using a slotted spoon, remove the little squares and put onto the baking sheet.
8. once they’re all on the baking sheet, make an egg wash by whisking together the egg beaters and final 1/4 Tablespoon water. lightly brush it on top of each of the bites and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.
9. bake in 425-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
10. while they’re still hot, you can sprinkle with garlic salt or toss in cinnamon sugar. i chose to go plain and dip in honey mustard!
servings: makes appx. two dozen pretzel bites, or five, five-pretzel servings
time: prep time: 20 minutes; wait time: 1 hour; bake time: 25 minutes; total: 1 hour, 45 minutes
nutrition: per five-pretzel serving: 150 calories, 5 grams of fat, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of protein; or per pretzel bite: 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, <1 gram of fiber; 1 gram of protein