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pretzel bites

weirdly enough, it feels like the super bowl was a week ago. beanpot monday = a long monday, and with that, we are rewinding and going back to super bowl foods. at the request of my friend julie, i’m sharing PRETZEL BITES today!

i think i did something wrong, somewhere along the lines, because these don’t look like pretzel bites. they aren’t all brown on the outside or anything, but they taste like pretzel bites. in fact, they taste better than pretzel bites, so i’m going to share anyway even if they aren’t picture-perfect.

what’s your favorite part of a soft pretzel? for me, it’s the little knots on the bottom half of the pretzel because they’re so doughy. well imagine an entire snack of knots and that’s what these taste like. they’re light, just a little salty and have a nice crisp on the outside before the soft and fluffy inside.

i’m glad i only made two dozen and had to share… or else i would have eaten the whole plate in one sitting!

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 of egg, scrambled

1 Tablespoon kosher salt (optional)

in a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, yeast, melted butter and 1/2 cup warm water. whisk briefly to combine the ingredients and let it sit for five minutes or so, until it becomes frothy (a little more than the picture above).

once it’s frothy, add the salt and flour. mix the dough until everything is well-incorporated and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until you can form it into a ball. 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 or until it doubles in size.

while it’s rising, preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. lightly flour a cutting board and get a medium pot of water boiling. mix in the baking soda. also, prepare your egg wash by mixing the eggs and final 1/4 Tablespoon of water. set it aside.

separate the dough into 3-4 smaller chunks and roll them out into snakes. pretend like you’re playing with play-do! then slice the snakes into 1 inch squares.

drop about 5-10 squares into the boiling water at a time and let them boil for about  a minute. remove them from the water with a slotted spoon, let them drip dry for a second and then transfer them to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

take your egg wash and paint it onto the top of all the bites and if you’d like, sprinkle lightly with the kosher salt.

bake in the 425-degree, preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. let them cool on a wire rack while they’re piping hot, but you can serve them warm. they’re really great, any which way you serve them.

while they’re still hot, you can sprinkle with garlic salt, toss in cinnamon sugar or eat them plain. i dipped mine in honey mustard for the first couple of bites, then i went plain all the way because they were just so perfect and warm and doughy and delicious!

click here for a printable version of the recipe!