We all have probably been conned into spending a few dollars on the soft, wonderful goodness of a mall pretzel. This recipe is an excellent alternative, saves a few bucks, and feeds a few more.
Soft Pretzel Bites
4 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
1 1/4 cup warm water
3-5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
kosher salt for topping
Combine warm water, yeast, and tsp of sugar in a small bowl. Do not stir. Let stand about 5 minutes. Add in 3 cups of the flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Start mixing together. Add in any remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time as needed (I typically use about 4 cups total). Let it knead in a mixer for 5-7 minutes, or by hand for 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and allow to double in size, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down and knead. Divide into 12 equal sections. Roll each section out into ropes about 1 inch in diameter. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda into the hot water. Drop the dough bites in and quickly remove onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle kosher salt on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 7 minutes. Serve with favorite dip.
Want to surprise everyone with their own “Mall” sized pretzel? Divide dough into 10 strips, shape like a pretzel, dip in soda water, and bake for 8 minutes. Will yield 10 large soft pretzels.
Switch your dip. Here are a few ideas; ranch dressing, nacho cheese sauce, bbq sauce, humus, blue cheese dressing, and spinach artichoke dip.
Don’t want dip? Brush pretzels or bites with melted butter and coat with cinnamon sugar, or a sprinkle of parmesan.