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!

- 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

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.