I found this recipe on Sweet Pea's Kitchen blog and I have always loved her ideas and inspirations. She inspired me to make these because I love pretzels, all kinds of pretzels from Rold Gold to Auntie Ann's. Whenever they are at a party my hand is always in the bowl. I had not made pretzels since 7th grade in Ms. Strayer's HomeEc class....that was 15 years ago. I also remember the pretzels looking very anemic and tasting like salted pizza dough.....This pretzel challenge changed my mind-Yes I can make real looking and great tasting pretzels! I will be repeating this recipe again in the future. I want to try stuffing with cheese, sausage, maybe even chocolate. Here is how mine turned out.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 pkg dry yeast
2 Tbls brown sugar
3 Tbls melted butter
2 1/2 tsps salt
4-5 cups flour ( depending on stickiness of dough)
( olive oil)
1 package sliced pepperoni
1 bag shredded mozzarella
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup water
1 large pot boiling water
1 cup baking soda
1. Place warm water, yeast sugar and butter in mixing bowl and use your dough hook. Let rest for 5 mins.
2. Add flour and salt until dough sticks to your dough hook. ( 2-3 mins) if needed add more flour 1 Tbls at a time.
3. Remove and dough and place in a well oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and place in warm draft free spot in your house for 1 hour until dough doubles in size.
4. Turn dough onto an floured surface. kneed until not sticky and divide into 8 equal parts.
Roll each part into a long rope about 18-24 inches long. Then cut each rope into 3 inch pieces.
roll each piece into a flat round ( see below)
6. Fill each flattened round with mozzarella and pepperoni and fold into a little round/oval ball.
7. Preheat your oven to 425. Now here is where it gets weird. Take large pot of water ( I used this 7 qt cast iron pan) filled it with about 6 cups of water and 1 cup baking soda. The water will be milky. Once water starts to boil put your stuffed bites into the water. Boil for about 30-40 seconds until they puff up and float to the top. This seals the pretzel and make the pretzel have that chewy outside ( the missing step from my 7th grade )
8. drain bites with slotted spoon and brush with egg wash
9. bake on a cookie sheet for 15-20 mins. Remove when golden brown.
10. Serve warm with warm pizza sauce. These are amazing. Totally worth the prep and effort. Well received by everyone.
**Note** These are pretty time consuming. I made the dough at 7 and after the dough is risen ( about 8:30) the prep time for 4-5 dz pretzel bites is about 2-2 1/2 hrs. I was not done with my last batch until almost 11 on a weeknight.**