Saturday, July 13, 2013

Housewarming Party - Soft Pretzel Bites with Sweet and Spicy Mustard

Okay, get ready for a whole lot of tastiness. We had people over last night to celebrate moving into our new place, and had way too much food and drink!

I'm going to post the recipes one at a time, so this post isn't packed too full. Here's recipe number one!

Recipe: Soft Pretzel Bites with Sweet and Spicy Mustard
From: Annie's Eats
Yield: A lot of pretzel bites!

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
22 oz all purpose flour (plus more for rolling out)
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil

10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water
Kosher salt (or pretzel salt if you have it)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the warm water, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix with paddle attachment on low. Let sit (you want it to get nice and foamy) while measuring out the flour and melting the butter. Once foamy, add the butter, then slowly add the flour while mixing on low. Once it is all combined, switch to dough hook. Increase speed to medium and mix for 5-10 minutes, until smooth. Add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time, if it is sticking at the bottom.

Lightly grease a large bowl with vegetable oil. Roll dough into a ball and then put in the bowl, turning it so all sides are coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for 50-60 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

In the last few minutes of the rise, put the water and baking soda in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once the dough has finished rising, gently deflate. On a floured surface, pull off portions and roll into logs that are a little less than 1 inch in diameter. Cut pieces that are about 1 inch long, so you have shapes that are just slightly rectangular, and look like little pillows. Put them on a parchment paper lined sheet while finishing up with the rest of the bites. Once they have all formed, drop in the boiling water a few at a time. Let boil for 1 minute, turning them frequently. Pull out with a slotted spoon or spider strainer and put back on the parchment paper. Spread out on the paper so they aren't touching. Use a brush to coat with the egg wash, then sprinkle with salt.

Bake in preheated 450 F oven for 15-20 minutes, until dark golden brown. If using multiple baking sheets, switch positions every 5 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. They are really good with Trader Joe's sweet and spicy mustard. Enjoy!

Picture Tutorial:
 Completed dough, stand mixer and yeast in the background

Completed dough before the rise

Little pretzel bites

More little pretzel bites

Bites at the bottom have been boiled

Dough rolling and cutting station

Bites that have been egg washed and salted

Close up of bites, ready to be baked!

Baked pretzel bites!

Little spots on the parchment paper from the bites!

Close up of the pretzel bites

Ready to be eaten!