Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Pretzels & Pretzel Bites {Recipe}

 I can't wait to share this yummy recipe and tutorial with you all! Its been a long time right? Now that things seem to be settling down I am excited to be back and have lots of fun things to share. I am working with a blog designer to update my blog and I am pretty excited about that. Not to mention I finally got around to setting up a facebook page and twitter where I will post updates and fun things I am working on. I would love it if you stopped by! Now back to this delicious recipe. :)
 Homemade Pretzels and Pretzel Bites:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 ¼ tsp or 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, (for bowl)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Kosher salt to sprinkle on top
Combine the water, sugar and 2 tsp kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
For Pretzels: In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces.
 Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place greased pan.

 For Pretzel Bites: Separate and roll dough out as explained above, but instead of shaping as a pretzel, use a pizza cutter to cut the rolled dough into “bites”. Place on cookie sheet.

 Place the pretzels and/or bites into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. The baking soda really makes the boiling water foamy!
 I took a cooling rack and set it on a separate cookie sheet so that when you take out the wet pretzels out of the water they can drip off while you coat them with egg and kosher salt for baking.
 After they are not dripping, return them to the half sheet pan you initially greased and bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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  1. I love pretzels, so the thought of making them on my own has never really occurred to me! Thank you for sharing this recipe and tutorial! I know what I'm making for my snack today!

  2. These look great. I will have to try my hand at this. I have never made any before. These would make a great after school snack.

  3. OK, I want to know who's nails these are and how can I get cute!!!! Plus these look so yummy.

  4. I know...those fingers are actually my, she wanted to try out my Jamberry's! I think they turned out so cute, I especially love them for toenails.

  5. These look awesome! I'm going to give them a try! I just pinned them to my pinterest! I love the step by step photos... That's why I like The Pioneer Woman as well! You are doing a great job!


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