1. You'll need time! It takes about 2 hours from start to finish (An hour of that is waiting for the dough to rise)
2. You'll need a kitchen aid mixer (There may be recipes that don't require one, but this one does)
This recipe makes about 75-100 pretzel bites...which is A LOT! I decided to use only half he dough and I froze the other half so that I can make more later.
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 oz. unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
1. Add water, sugar, yeast and butter to your mixing bowl. Using the hook attachment, blend these ingredients. Then, let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.
2. Add the salt and flour to the mixing bowl. Mix on low until all is combined and a ball of dough is formed.
3. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface, add some flour to the ball of dough if it is too sticky.
4. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
5. After your hour is up, take it out of the bowl and separate it into 8 smaller balls.
6. Mix the 3 quarts of water and 3/4 cups of baking soda in a big pan and bring to a boil. .
7. Take one of the balls and roll it into a long thin tube of dough. Cut the tube into inch-size pieces, then pinch them into shape.
8. Mix your egg with the 1 tbsp of water in a small bowl.
9. Now that your water it boiling, drop 5 "bites" at a time in the water and let them boil for 30 seconds (time it!).
10. Remove the bites using a slotted spoon and drop them onto a greased cookie sheet. Space them about 1 inch apart from each other.
11. Bake them 13-15 minutes. Cover the sheet with tin-foil for the last five minutes so they don't get too browned.
12. Enjoy! Serve with a cheese sauce, or mustard :)
The original recipe I used can be found here. I tweaked it a bit but it's basically the same. It took a long time but they turned out really delicious! I think it would be a fun activity to do with kids too!