1/21/13

Soft Buttered Pretzels or Pretzel Bites

How to make Pretzels

Making soft, hot, buttery pretzels or pretzel bites is easier than you think! If you are looking for a game worthy snack that will knock their socks off, then pulling piping hot fluffy pretzels from the oven is it!

I made mine from a simple bread dough that anyone can make, but you can easily cheat with thawing a batch of frozen bread rolls dough (Like Rhodes brand).

In making mine from scratch I made a batch of 8 pretzels in an hour from start to finish.

I'm demonstrated the big pretzels, but will include directions for the pretzel bites as well.

Jan's Tip:  TO USE THAWED FROM FROZEN BREAD ROLL DOUGH : skip Step 1. Start with step #2. .

Printable Recipe
Soft Buttered Pretzels
makes 8 pretzels:

Ingredients:

Pretzel Dough: (or use frozen bread rolls dough thawed)
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1 cup warm water.

Baking Soda/Water Bath:
1/2 Cup Hot (almost boiling) Water
2 Tablespoons Baking soda
Mixed together:

Optional Toppings:
2-3 Tablespoons melted butter
Coarse Salt (Sea Salt works great)
Cinnamon/sugar mixture
Parmesan cheese

Directions:Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

1) In mixing bowl (I used a kitchen aid for this recipe), add ingredients in this order: water, yeast, sugar. Mix with a spoon. Then add: flour and salt. Mix by hand or mixer paddle for a minute or so and then switch to dough hook and knead on low setting for 5 minutes.


2) Cover dough and let rise in warm place for 30 minutes:

3) After rising for 30 minutes, prepare the baking soda/water bath for each pretzel by mixing together  Hot (nearly boiling) water and baking soda together in a shallow bowl. Set aside:

4) :  If using from scratch dough: Place dough on floured surface. For big pretzels: divide into 8 equal pieces. For Pretzel Bites: Cut each of the 8 pieces into 4 more pieces so you have 32 dough ball bites. Roll each bite into a ball shape. (for bites skip to step #7)
     If using thawed roll dough: for big pretzels: One roll dough will make one pretzel. For Bites: Cut each roll into 4 pieces and roll into balls. (for bites skip to step #7)

5)For Big Pretzel:  Roll each piece into a long rope.

6) Loop the rope into a pretzel shape:
7) Dip each pretzel in baking soda wash and flip to cover both sides:








8) Place pretzels on lightly greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt (unless you are going to dip them in cinnamon sugar later). Let rise in warm spot for 10 minutes.


9) Bake 9-10 minutes till golden brown. Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.








10) If wanting to make cinnamon/sugar ones, then toss the buttered hot pretzels in the cinnamon/sugar mixture now.


Eat! I like to serve Nacho Cheese Sauce and Honey Mustard dipping sauces for football games.

How to make soft baked pretzels
Hot, soft, buttery pretzels with Nacho Cheese Sauce

17 comments:

  1. oh my those looks great!

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    1. They were warm and delish! But that was just mean of me to say! ;)
      Hugs!
      Jan

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  2. Great tutorial. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-18-and-country.html







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    1. Thanks! I think I beat you to it and linked up! I'm a HUGE fan!

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    2. You're speedy! I'm featuring this post on my Blog Hop this week, please feel free to Grab a Featured Button for your sidebar! :)

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  3. Yummy! I always like new pretzel recipes; I'll have to pin this.

    ahumblebumble.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I love the name of your blog!
      Jan

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  4. My kids would absolutely love these, especially if I added brown sugar and cinnamon. They look so yummy!

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    1. Thanks Judy! I have a feeling with brown sugar and cinnamon, they will be inhaled very, very quickly! Let me know how they turn out if you make them!
      Jan

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  5. This looks so good. I wanna have one now!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's FB and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

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    1. Thanks for following and for the invite over! I'd love to stop by and check out your blog and giveaway!
      Jan

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  6. Oh yum! I love soft pretzels! Thanks for sharing!
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-9-everything-linky.html

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  7. I'm pinning this because my children love soft pretzels and these look amazing! Thanks!

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    1. Oh, I hope they like them, let me know how it goes! Thanks for pinning!
      Jan

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  8. These look perfect for Super Bowl munchies! My kids would especially love them with cinnamon and sugar! :-) Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I look forward to seeing what you share each week! :-)

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  9. Thanks for sharing. We are going to try these tonight

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    1. Yum! Hope it is a delicious success!
      Jan

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