Miniature Pretzel Bites

15 Oct

It’s cold and rainy over here today.  It seems as though the summer is finally over and that the heating system might need to be put to work again.  I have to admit that I’m absolutely not looking forward to winter and cold weather.  I’m one of those people who can never feel warm in the winter months.  I walk around the house with double wool socks, thick scarves and lots of fleece and I have the thermostat on 23 degrees and the fireplace on.  It’s one of the main reasons I moved away from Canada actually.  So wish me luck this winter and let’s hope for a short one.

To beat the chill I can usually be found baking.  Last week I made these miniature pretzel bites and they were devoured within minutes of being out of the oven.   The extra step of boiling the dough before baking is daunting for some people but it’s really not that bad!

I came across the idea to make pretzels over on Say Yes to Hoboken and the recipe is from the Our Best Bites site.  I decided to make the dough into miniature balls so that I could make several different flavours.  For this batch I made some savoury ones with sesame and poppy seeds and some sweet ones with cinnamon and sugar.  They really are so chewy and tasty.  My kids are asking for them on a daily basis now.

There’s nothing like Fleischmann’s quick rising yeast packets from Canada.  Good thing my mom arrives in a few weeks with some more.

This pretzel dough is very soft and elastic.  Make sure not to add too much flour from the beginning.

After making the dough and letting it rise I formed these little balls which I then boiled in water with baking soda.

After boiling them for 30 seconds each I brushed the tops with the egg yolk and water mixture.

 I then dipped them in the seeds and sprinkled some salt on top as well.

Fresh out of the oven.  Five minutes later they were all gone.

For the sweet version I brushed the boiled dough balls with the egg wash and then after baking them I brushed them with melted butter before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar on top.

I think if my kids had to choose between the savoury or sweet version these cinnamon and sugar ones would win hands down.  And they are small enough that you don’t feel bad eating a few.  Or 10.

Pop on over to Our Best Bites for the pretzel recipe and instuctions.  Enjoy!



4 Responses to “Miniature Pretzel Bites”

  1. Elena October 15, 2012 at 15:51 #

    Oh, I love pretzels, so these mini pretzels can be something!!! Would give it a try, promise 😉
    Hope your winter is short, mine won’t, that’s for sure :)))))

    • Jillian in Italy October 16, 2012 at 08:10 #

      Hi Elena! Let me know how they work out. Hope all is well up north!

  2. muddledmom October 15, 2012 at 17:52 #

    For some reason, the fact that these are bites instead of pretzel shapes makes me feel like I can actually do them. The boiling doesn’t turn me off at all. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jillian in Italy October 16, 2012 at 08:11 #

      I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to attempt shaping them into that typical pretzel shape. These are much easier!

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