Any attempt that I ever make to start eating better is promptly dashed against the rocks when I’m faced with bread. And finding this recipe was no exception. I’ve adapted this recipe for pretzel bites from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She says the recipe makes about two dozen, but I’m not quite sure how many I actually made because I had eaten too many by the time the second batch came out of the oven…oops!
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 Tbs. tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda
3 Tbs. butter, melted
Mix 1 cup water with yeast and sugar in a cup or small prep dish. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add water mixture and mix until dough comes together. You may need to add more water or flour to get the right consistency. The dough should be smooth and not sticky. Knead dough for about five minutes. Lightly flour the dough and place back in large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes to an hour.
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and prepare two baking sheets by lightly greasing them.
Once the dough has risen, move back to a floured surface and divide into 4 equal strips. Then cut strips into bite-sized pieces (about 1 inch wide). Combine 1/2 cup warm water and baking soda in a small bowl or cup. Stir the mixture well so that the baking soda dissolves well. Dip each piece of dough in mixture and transfer to baking sheets. This mixture helps to make the pretzels golden brown in the oven.
Bake pretzels (one baking sheet at a time) for 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Melt 3 Tbs. butter. Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush pretzel bites with butter.