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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Fooday: My New Snack Obsession

I have a confession to make: amidst dieting, working out, and trying to cut back on carbohydrates as much as possible, I found the perfect recipe for... pretzels

update picture -- Fall 2012

I originally made them stuffed with cheese & pepperoni, but then had a little extra dough so I just made little bites. Then last weekend, when my mom was in town, I decided to make the recipe again. And the next day, I decided to make pretzel sticks out of the left over dough. And that's when I decided, this must be blogged.

Because who doesn't love soft pretzels?

And better yet, who doesn't love soft pretzels that they can make in less than 30 minutes, stuffed or seasoned with anything they like? (Because if you're thinking "not me" you're not in the right spot!)

So here's the super-duper-amazing-have-to-try-it-now recipe that I think you all should print off and go home and make it. Or at least give the recipe a try during your Super Bowl party. Please?

Pizza Pretzel Bites
(modified from Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Ingredients:
  1. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  2. 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  3. 1 package active dry yeast
  4. 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  5. 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  6. 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 5 quarts water
  8. 3/4 cup baking soda
  9. 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  10. Coarse sea salt
Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour to the yeast mixture. Knead dough at medium speed until a smooth and elastic ball forms, 3 to 4 minutes. If dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoons of flour at a time until dough comes together.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into any form you'd like.*
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the baking soda and lower heat to a simmer. Carefully boil pretzels in batches. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a  parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
*If you'd like to make stuffed Pizza Bites, add ingredients at Step #4


So I've definitely made this two weekends in a row, and I may even try it again this weekend. It depends on if my guy gets me out of the house or not.

{Have a great weekend!}

Ps... If you didn't read it yesterday, I continued my marriage series & would love for you to chime in!

10 comments:

  1. Those looks so delicious! Definitely making them soon :)

    Have a great day!
    Angela | PoodlePoddles

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  2. Darn you. Those look delicious. I will have to try them.

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  3. Yum, I may have to try this recipe tonight, I decided I was going to make snack foods to have at the house over the weekend since we are having visitors! Thank youuuu :)

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  4. Perfect for a super bowl party! I'm printing the recipe right now!

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  5. Holy stromboli! Are you serious?!? These look AMAZING! I cannot wait to try them. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel like this is a little gift to carry me into the weekend. I'll have a great surprise for my husband to try on Saturday.

    In honor of our Pay It Forward Friday posts, we've got a little freebie we're dishing up for others to help pay it forward too. If you feel like nibbling a pretzel while playing on See Beautiful, we'd love for you to come play: http://seeabeautifulworld.blogspot.com/2012/01/pay-it-forward-freebie-see-beautiful.html

    Happy seeing beautiful!

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  6. You are making me HUNGRY! This is definitely a recipe I'll need to try sometime soon!

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  7. maybe its bc i am preggo and it's past my "2nd" lunchtime :) but those look absolutely amazing!! :) YUMMY

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  8. This looks positively delicious. Starving now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! xo

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  9. So, I ate not so long ago and I was pretty stuffed. But! Those look so delicious that I am craving them tremendously! I nominated you for an award: Love. Bliss. Life.

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