Soft Pretzel Bites

soft pretzel

These homemade soft pretzel bites are waayyy better than the ones you get at your local sports stadiums!  They are time-consuming, so while we consider this to be an easy family recipe, there’s time needed for letting the dough rise & boiling the bites in a baking soda bath.  I promise you though, they are worth it!  We adapted this recipe from Alton Brown’s 5-star rated homemade soft pretzels recipe & we serve these in our house with Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold BBQ sauce for dipping, but any honey mustard or beer cheese concoction will do!

Soft Pretzel Bites
Serves 6
Homemade soft pretzels with a crispy crust & soft, chewy center
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tsp kosher salt
  4. 1 package active dry yeast
  5. 4 1/2-5 cups all purpose flour
  6. 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  7. Vegetable oil, for pan
  8. 10 cups water
  9. 2/3 cup baking soda
  10. 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water
  11. Pretzel salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam.
  2. Add 4 1/2 cups flour and the butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. You may need to add up to an additional 1/2 cup flour if the dough is too sticky.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
  5. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
  6. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Cut each rope into about 10-12 bite sized pieces. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
  7. Place the pretzel bites into the boiling water, about 6-8 at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a spider or large slotted spoon. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce! You can make these a day in advance. Just warm through in an oven preheated at 350 for about 5-10 minutes to regain that crispy crust before serving.
Adapted from Alton Brown
Adapted from Alton Brown
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