America loves pretzels. They’re a great accompaniment to watching TV, pair well with beer and, of course, what baseball game is complete without a warm, soft pretzel dressed in brown mustard?
But instead of heading to the bar or to a game to get your pretzel fix, try making these pretzel bites at home. It’s easier than you think.
The secret is in the dough, which has a buttery taste with a slight hint of brown sugar sweetness. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting the two to three hours for the dough to rise. But it’s worth the wait. This recipe makes eight dozen airy and doughy soft pretzel bites that are great for a party or for family movie night.
Scroll through the photos below for step-by-step instructions on how to make these homemade pretzel bites.
One 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast
1 cup 110F water
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
2 tablespoons packed, light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Vegetable oil for coating bowl
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
*Photos and recipe courtesy of Thanksgiving.com
Place yeast in bottom of a large bowl and add warm water. Let it rest until yeast develops creamy surface and bubbles up (10 minutes).
Bake pretzel bites in the oven, switching baking sheets between racks and rotating sheets halfway through baking process until pretzels turn a deep brown (8-10 minutes). Note: Watch closely toward the end of the baking process so they do not get overly done.
Immediately transfer pretzel bites to wire racks lined with parchment paper to cool.