I thought I'd ease back into things with a quick post about something I made. For years I've avoided making any type of bread that required yeast. Why? Because I was scared of yeast. It likes to eat sugar, and it likes warm water, and sometimes using yeast requires those two dreaded words I loathe.....LET RISE! But this was different. On a whim, I was walking through Wal-Mart and I told Cory, "I want to make pretzels." So, I googled a recipe, grabbed some quick-rise yeast, located the sea salt (I know, right?) and went home to whip up some homemade pretzels.
Tada! It worked! Within one hour, from start to finish, I made pretzel bites. And the best part? They were SO easy, I think I will make them again. Here's the recipe:
Amazingly Simple Pretzel Bites
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 packet active yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TB sugar
- 4 cups of flour
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1 e g (whisked)
- Coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
- Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat style mat or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl add warm water and yeast. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Add salt and sugar and stir.
- In a large bowl add flour and then pour yeast mixture over top. Knead with bread hook in your mixer or by hand for approximately 5 minutes.
- Separate dough into 6-8 sections. Roll dough into ropes about 15-20 inches long and 1 inch thick. Cut with scissors into 1" pieces.
- In a large pan bring 2 quarts of water and 1/2 cup baking soda to a boil. Once water is boiling place about 8 pieces of dough into the water for about 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place pretzel bites onto baking sheet. Brush dough lightly with egg and sprinkle salt on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on cooling rack and brush tops with butter.
Variations: 1) Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar BEFORE baking. After baking, dip in frosting.
2) Instead of cutting into bites, make round discs and use as pizza dough. Top with cheese and pepperoni, then bake. Dip in marinara sauce.