Looking for a fun snack? Try my soft pretzel bites! They taste like the big pretzels you get at the mall! Plus, they are fun for kids to make!
I was in the mood to bake today and wanted to do something a little different than I usually do. I also have been thinking about those giant soft pretzels that you can buy at the mall. So I thought homemade soft pretzels would be fun, and what could make them better? Bite-sized pieces! Isn't everything more fun when it's bite-sized? There are a couple of simple tricks to making these at home. Read on to learn more!
The dough for the soft pretzel bites is a basic yeast-raised dough. Nothing tricky there. After the pretzel dough has risen, dump it onto a very lightly floured surface and divide it into 6 pieces. Roll each piece out into a snake-like rope that is about as big as a quarter. Cut the ropes into bite-sized pieces.
Bring 5 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a low simmer on the stove. Working in small batches, simmer small amounts of pretzel bites just until they are puffed up, as shown above. You want to keep the water at a low simmer. If allowed to boil, the water will foam up, which can be a bit messy. I also used a slotted pasta spoon to put them in and take them out. When removing the pretzel bites from the water, shake as much excess water off as you can.
Place simmered soft pretzel bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I filled 2 pans with pretzel bites.
Bake the soft pretzel bites in an oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees. Bake them for 12-15 minutes. They will be golden brown all over. Brush the pretzel bites with melted butter and sprinkle them with coarse salt.
Soft Pretzel Bites
- 1 Tbs. Active Dry Yeast
- 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
- 1 ½ Cup Warm Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Bread Flour
- 5 Cups Water
- 2 Tbs. Baking Soda
- ¼ Cup Butter Melted
- Coarse Kosher Salt
- In a mixing bowl or a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in 1 ½ Cups of Warm Water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the salt, all-purpose flour, and bread flour. Mix until it forms a ball of dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. This takes about an hour.
- Once double in size, dump the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll them out like snake-like ropes that are as big around as a quarter. Cut the ropes into bite-sized pieces.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets.
- Bring the 5 cups of water and the 2 Tbs. of Baking soda to a low simmer on the stove.
- Using a slotted pasta spoon, simmer the pretzel bite pieces a small batch at a time just until they puff up and nearly double in size. This doesn't take long. Remove the pieces from the pot and shake off the excess water. Put the pieces on the prepared baking sheets. Keep the water at a simmer. If you allow it to boil, it will foam up like crazy!
- Bake the soft pretzel bites at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. They will be golden brown all over. Brush the hot pretzel bites with the melted butter and sprinkle them with the coarse kosher salt.
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