Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pretzel Bites

After my kids had some pretzel bites at Red Robbins, I decided to make some at home.

I tested these pretzel bites before I tested the pretzel rolls. So if you already have the experience of making the pretzel rolls, these pretzel bites will be like "a walk in the park".

It wasn't very difficult to test out the pretzel bites recipe. Using my pizza dough, I tried two techniques to achieve both dark color and chewy texture. First technique is the soda bath, and the second is the soda wash.

I couldn't really tell if there was any difference between these two techniques, but Brek sworn that pretzel bites that had soda bath were chewier than the ones with just a soda wash. So let me know what you think.

Sprinkle the sea salt on the dough before baking is optional. We do eat a lot of salty snacks here so if I don't have to, I'd skip the added salt. Serving them with my honey mustard dipping sauce or a pasta sauce is optional but highly recommended.

1 my pizza dough recipe
4 and 1/2 cup water, divided
3 Tablespoons and 1 teaspoon baking soda, divided
  1. Line the baking pan with a non stick matt or a parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the pizza dough according to my pizza dough recipe instruction.
  3. Once the dough is double its size, cut the dough into 6-8 equal part. TIPS: There is no need to be perfect when make the shape of the pretzel bites. Just make sure they are some what the same size.
  4. Knead and roll each dough into a rope.
  5. Then cut them about an inch cube and place them on prepared pan.
  6. Let the dough rest.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400F degree.
  8. For baking soda bath, add 4 cups of water in a pot and bring it to a boil.
  9. Add the dough about 3-5 at a time.
  10. Let them bath in the soda water for about 30 seconds per side.
  11. Take the dough out of the soda bath to place them back on a prepared pan.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  13. For a baking soda wash, heat 1/2 cup of water in a microwave for 40-60 seconds.
  14. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and mix it well.
  15. Bruch each dough with the soda wash.
  16. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  17. Once they are baked, let them rest before serving. Enjoy them with your favorite condiments.
STORING: These pretzel bites are best kept in an air tight container at a room temperature for up to 3 days.

Allergy Info: These pretzel bites are free from or can be made without dairy, egg, corn, legumes (soy), nuts, and fish. When searching for a pasta sauce, look for real ingredients. There shouldn't be any additive or preservative, like citric acids, added.

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