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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites

When I was growing up, I loved eating the freezer aisle pretzel bites for an afternoon or evening snack. Just sprinkle with salt and microwave. I was surprised how easy it was to make pretzels from scratch. I recently made them with my kids for a fun afternoon activity (my 3 year old loved kneading the dough and applying the egg wash), and I made a batch for an Octoberfest party and served them with apple slices and cheese. October is nearly over, but the holiday party season is just beginning. File this recipe away and impress your guests with an easy homemade treat. Or freeze a big batch to have on hand for afternoon snacks and skip the freezer aisle version with bleached white flour and who knows how many preservatives.

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites

Author/Source:

Kim @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups warm water (110-115 degrees, think bath water temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2.25 teaspoons dry active yeast (one package)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4.5 cups white whole wheat flour (plus extra if needed to reach desired dough texture)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 0.75 cups baking soda
  •  1 medium egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling
  • Mustard of choice, for serving

Directions:

In a large bowl (or stand mixer) mix together warm water, honey, yeast, and butter. Let stand about 5 minutes until yeast starts to bubble. Add salt and flour and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 4-5 minutes until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour if necessary. You can also knead with a dough hook in a stand mixer. Place dough in a large, greased bowl (I like to use butter) and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a draft free place (I stick mine in my microwave or oven if it is a chilly day) for about one hour until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in baking soda and lower heat slightly. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope about 12-18 inches long and about 1.5 inches thick. Cut the rope into one inch pieces and place into boiling water in batches. Boil for about 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon. Place on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper. Be sure pretzel bites are not touching, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 18-20 minutes until nicely browned. Cool on a baking rack for a few minutes, and then serve with your favorite mustard.

{Note: I doubt you’ll have any left if you serve these to a group. But if you do, they can be stored in a zipper storage bag or other air tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.}

Freezing Directions:

Bake as directed above except do not sprinkle with salt. Cool and flash freeze pretzel bites, then store in a freezer bag. To serve: Moisten frozen pretzel bites with wet fingers, sprinkle with coarse salt, and microwave for one minute or until warm. Serve with your favorite mustard.

Servings: about 6 dozen bites (enough for a party!)

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

6 Responses to “Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. Zuza says:

    just checking ingredient amounts:
    180ml baking soda seems excessive, should it be 3 or 4ml (.75 teaspoon)?

    Interesting to boil the dough; my mother would fry bread dough and serve with cheese and mustard. Much healthier!

    Thank-you for all the wonderful ideas

    • kim says:

      That is the right amount of baking soda. Notice in the instructions that it goes in the water not in the pretzel dough. Boiling the dough is the traditional way to make pretzels and bagels. It gives them that chewy texture.

      • Zuza says:

        Junior High cooking class: read all the way through the recipe _before_ beginning… read all the way through the recipe… thank you for your patience with people who comment _before_ reading all the way through the recipe! {grin}

  2. Zuza says:

    Sorry, I meant to say much healthier your way!

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