Friday, February 1, 2008

Pretzel Bites

I know I talked about these a while back when I served them for the kids at a dinner party, but I never posted a picture. Plus, it is a great little recipe. These are a fun Friday night dinner for kids--perfect for movie nights! Kids can help make the dough and roll the pretzel bites. Use the left over dough to make actual pretzels, brush them with melted margarine and dust with cinnamon and sugar, and you have dessert!


INGREDIENTS
- veggie dogs
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup bread flour
- 3 cups regular flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tbsp baking soda

METHOD
1. Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl and stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve. Add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise, covered, for at least 1/2 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dissolve 2 tbsp of baking soda into 2 cups warm water in a large bowl.
3. Cut veggie dogs into 4 pieces each.
4. Remove dough from bowl. Cut off a small piece of dough and flatten by hand into a 4" x 2" rectangle (approx.). Place piece of veggie dog on smaller end, roll, and seal ends. Dip in baking soda-water mixture, and place on a baking sheet (works well to line baking sheet with parchment paper). Repeat depending on how many pretzel bites you want to make.
5. Bake for 8-10 mins, until golden. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.

12 comments:

Romina said...

These are really cute!

lao80 said...

You've just given me a recipe for superbowl sunday. My kids will thank you! me too! so, Thanks!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

good idea

Happy Herbivore said...

oh man. i cant wait to make some!

nick said...

there are two water amounts listed. Which one goes with the baking soda and which is mixed into the dough?

These sound awesome so please let me know soon.
Thank you.

Vegan Dad said...

The 2 cups of water is mixed with the baking soda. Dip the pretzels in this water bath before baking.

Tania said...

I would like to try these as well as the pretzel version but we try to do things 100% whole wheat. How would this turn out? Any suggestions? maybe the regular flour substitute with whole wheat?

Vegan Dad said...

Tania,
I would keep the bread flour so you still get the requisite gluten, but I think you could easily substitute whole wheat flour for the all purpose.

LJ said...

How many does this recipe make (all 8 hot dogs=32 pretzel bites)? How thick should the flattened rectangle of dough be or, how big should the "small piece" of dough be that you cut off to make said rectangle? I don't want them to be too doughy or not doughy enough!

Vegan Dad said...

LJ,

Hmmm, it's been a while since I have made these. I think the dough will make 32, though I have never made that many (I usually make a few pretzels as well). The dough piece should be about the size of ping pong ball. Bascially, flatten the dough a bit, out the hot dog in, roll it in your hands to cover, then seal the ends. You will get the hang of it after a few.

tulipstories said...

These look super easy and yummy!! I don't have bread flour (or vital wheat gluten) I live in a place that is hard to get this stuff (Okinawa). I will attempt these with all purpose flour.

My question is, I am wondering if you could freeze these. For like a "I forgot dinner, need something quick" kind of night? Do you think you could freeze these successfully?

Vegan Dad said...

tulipstories,
I think these would freeze just fine.