One of my favorite things about going to the mall is the pretzel bites. Warm out of the oven. Buttery. Soft. So good!!! I’ve been looking for a recipe for quite a while that measures up to mall food standards. Thank goodness I recently binged on food blogs. I guess that is probably better than binging on food. Haha! Do you ever get sucked into the food blog world where you find one, link to another, and another, and pretty soon it is time to pick the kids up from school, you haven’t done a darn thing, and yet, you’ve had the time of your life? That was me the other day. During my binge, I came across this recipe from Mel. I do love her site. You will too. Just set a timer when it is time to pick the kids up from school . . . .
1 cup warm water
1 T yeast
1 t sugar
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup warm water
2 T baking soda
3 T butter, melted
In electric mixer bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add flour and salt and mix until soft dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes. Lightly flour dough. Place in large plastic bag. Let rise at least 30 minutes, up to 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500. Grease jelly roll pan. Roll dough on lightly greased surface. Form 6 x 12 rectangle. Divide dough into 1 1/2 x 12-inch strips. Let sit 5 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water in deep bowl. Cut each strip of dough into 8 pieces. Dip each piece in baking soda/water mixture, stirring solution to help dissolve baking soda before dipping each pretzel. Place pretzels on baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Let sit, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Bake at 500 for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. Brush hot pretzels with melted butter. Continue brushing until butter is gone. Serve warm.