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Easy Soft Pretzel Bites

Growing up in my family, sports were so important. In the summers, it was all about baseball. I grew up in Kansas City, and when I was young, you could get into Royals games for free after the 7th inning! We thought that was the coolest thing, and my dad would take us to every game he could.  


I loved spending time with my family at these games, but another fun part of going to the stadium was all the tun food! The hotdogs, nachos, and soft pretzels! These Easy Soft Pretzel Bites are made in under 30 minutes, and remind me of the warm, soft giant pretzels at the baseball stadium. Make them for outdoor summer BBQs, baseball watch parties or basically any time you are craving a soft pretzel! 

 

 

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk (microwave for about 30 seconds)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon coursesalt
Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Pour milk into the bowl of an electric mixer. Top with honey and the yeast and stir to combine. Allow to sit for approximately 10 minutes. The yeast will become like a foam, which means it’s ready.

Fill a large pot about 1/2 full with water and allow to come to a boil over medium/high heat. Mix together the egg whites and water and set aside.

Add flour and salt to mixer. Mix on low with paddle attachment for about 3 minutes until the dough comes together in one ball. Add more flour if needed. The dough will stick together, but will not be sticky on your hands.

Place dough on counter top and form dough into a ball. It’s not necessary to flour your counter. Section the dough into four parts and roll each part into a long strand. Cut each strand into 1 inch sections using a butter knife. You should be able to make about 12-16 bites per strand.

Carefully, add baking soda to boiling water. Be careful, the baking sode will bubble up, so add slowly. Place dough bites into boiling water about 10 at a time. Using a slotted spoon, take dough out of water and allow to cool.

Arrange all pretzel bites on parchment lined baking sheet so they are not touching. Brush each bite with egg white mixture and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the tops are browned. Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly.

Serve (I like them still warm out of the oven!) with mustard or cheese sauce.

Makes: 58-64 bites

 

 

More Summer Snack Ideas:

Create-Your-Own-Pretzel Four Pack from Harry & David

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Alex's Lemonade Stand from Cheryl's Cookies

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