Warm dough tossed in butter and sprinkled with sea salt...can you smell it? Pretzel bites baking smell like an Amish Farmer's market in the Fall. Oh wait, I can smell it because I just took these gems out of the oven! I am SO lucky! You can be too!
I had been craving soft pretzels. You know, the kind at the mall that you know better than to eat but the smell draws you in. They also have those unnamed stands in airports where you are captive and where your force fields of will are rendered defenseless. Homemade pretzel bites are SO much better. I have looked at tons of recipes for pretzels and many of them take a hazmat suit to make properly. I am never up for eating something I am not suppose to touch with my hands. Duh.
Leave it to good ole King Arthur Flour to create a delicious and easy recipe that does not disappoint. They are chewy and soft but have a great outer pretzel crust with a warm, slightly doughy center. I coated them all in melted butter and then tossed about half in a brown paper bag filled with cinnamon sugar and the remainder with a course sea salt. Is it possible that you can taste golden brown? There is also a distinctive note in the taste of a proper soft pretzel and I was so surprised when I could totally taste that in the homemade version.
The dough comes together really easily and does not even require a rolling pin!
Once again, invaluable to my baking process is the Tovolo Silicone Pastry Mat. Remember not to use a knife blade on the Pastry Mat - I use the spreading end of a Tovolo Scoop & Spread.
Bites before their bath...
I made a few proper pretzels as well for fun. It would be great to make a batch for a small group at a football party or bites from a movie night.
Everything is made better by cinnamon sugar!
King Arthur Flour Easy Pretzel Bites