Homemade Pretzel Recipe Similar to Super Pretzel--Fun for Kids

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Pretzel Bites

Brown and delicious!
Brown and delicious!

Fun for All Ages

It's a food, it's like play-doh, it's versatile---it's a pretzel! From when my kids were young to now that they are teenagers, one of their favorite snacks that I make is my homemade pretzels. Over the years, I have used different recipes and got pretzels with mediocre results. Every time I'd purchase the Super Pretzel brand, I'd wonder how I could recreate those yummy wonders. When I'd go to the mall, I'd secretly watch what employees do at places like Aunt Annie's Pretzels, how they dip each pretzel in a solution of some kind. I even found a knockoff Aunt Annie's recipe--it was acceptable. Then I was watching one of the morning shows and saw some gentlemen promoting their pretzel bites. I found their recipe online and immediately tried it. Delicious. They browned beautifully. But, the recipe needed some tweaking. Here's my tweak.

Ingredients for Dough

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp or 1 packet yeast
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs oil (like vegetable)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup melted butter, unsalted

Constructing and Baking the Dough

  1. Melt the butter. Set aside.
  2. Proof the yeast by warming the 1 cup of water (around 100 degrees) and pour in the yeast. Stir very gently. The yeast will blossom within 5 minutes. If it doesn't bloom or plump, your yeast is dead.
  3. Combine flour, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl with the dough hook. Wisk the mixture gently to get out any clumps. Add melted butter. Mix gently. Add yeast/water mixture (once yeast has bloomed.) Mix again. Then add the beaten egg and 1 teaspoon of oil.
  4. Once you have gotten as mixed as possible with the dough hook, knead the mixture gently with your hands until all ingredients have completely combined. Put the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for around an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400.
  6. Combine approximately 8 cups of water with 1/4 cup baking soda. Bring to a boil when the dough has risen.
  7. Roll out the dough into long snakes and cut into 2-inch pieces. Place about 10 at a time into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Then place on a kitchen towel to slightly dry before placing them on a cookie sheet. Important: Either spray the sheet with non-stick spray or use a baking stone (my favorite).
  8. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Turn the sheet a full 180 degrees and continue to bake for another 6 minutes or until a medium golden brown.

Step-By-Step

Roll the risen dough out and then slice into 2-inch pieces
Roll the risen dough out and then slice into 2-inch pieces
Boil the pretzel bites in boiling water with baking soda for 30 seconds. Dry off on a kitchen towel and then place on baking sheet.
Boil the pretzel bites in boiling water with baking soda for 30 seconds. Dry off on a kitchen towel and then place on baking sheet.
Cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites.
Cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites.

Variations

Salted Pretzels:

Once the pretzels have boiled for 30 seconds in the boiling water with the baking soda, dry them off slightly on a towel. Then place them on a baking sheet either greased with non-stick spray or on a baking stone (my favorite). Sprinkle them with kosher salt. Bake as directed above.

Serve with regular, spicy, or honey mustard.


Cinnamon and Sugar:

These were my family's favorite...Combine white sugar and cinnamon into a bowl with a lid. After boiling the bites, shake in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until well covered and place on a baking sheet following the directions above. Serve with a drizzle of frosting.

Frosting:

  • 2 tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs half and half
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Drizzle over slightly warm cinnamon and sugar bites. Beware! These are addictive!

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mecheshier 2 years ago

I love pretzels!!! And Oh how I miss the vendors back east... Thank you for the great recipe. I cannot wait to try! Voted up for awesome.


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my_girl_sara 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Let me know how yours turn out and if there are any other tweaks that need to be made.


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mecheshier 2 years ago

I will do that... Thanks!


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Ben Zoltak 18 months ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Yum this looks good. I think I might try it with some nacho cheese and jalapenos. I tried making homemade pretzels once when I was a kid and accidentally used the amount for flour in place of the amount for salt, they turned out rock hard. It was pretty funny baking pretzel rocks!

Yours look delicious, fun read too.

Ben


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my_girl_sara 18 months ago from Georgia Author

Let me know how yours turns out! Thanks for the comment!

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