Bread Machine Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe
My sister and I have quite a few pretzel recipes on here, but this is our new favorite! These are light fluffy and buttery and they melt in your mouth! These really are easy to make, it looks like there are a lot of steps but there are more helpful tips than instructions, so don’t be scared :)
My daughter has been sick with pneumonia and living off of toast for the last few days so I though I would make these pretzel bites for her. After I made them, I put them in individual baggies. She said she was hungry so I have her a bag that had at least 15-20 pretzel bites. I went back to check on her a few minutes later and the bag was empty! I asked if she ate them all or gave some to the dog and she had eaten them all :)
I also gave some to my sister and she loved them and made me make her another batch the next day.
So this is what your bread should look like after being in the bread machine for a few minutes. If it’s too dry add a tablespoon of water at time until it looks right. If too wet do the same with tablespoons of flour.
Next put the dough out on a floured surface and divide into six pieces. Roll out each piece into a long rope about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut each rope into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
Once you have cut all of them. Place half of them in your baking soda/water bath. They don’t need to sit in the bath for more than a few seconds. Take them out of the water and place on lined baking sheet. Repeat with the second half and put them on the second baking sheet.
Place both in the oven immediately. If you let them sit out for too long before you put them in the oven they will taste like baking soda. If your only going to cook one pan at a time, then wait to dip them in the soda bath until your ready to put them in the oven. Don’t overcook them!! Keep an eye on them, they should be light and starting to get lightly golden.
Once they have cooked, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. I like to just give them a light sprinkle with table salt, but you can use course salt if you prefer.
(If you don’t have a bread machine you could knead the dough by hand or with a stand-mixer).
- 1 cup warm milk (microwave for 30-45 seconds)
- 1 packet of rapid rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (not packed down)
- 2¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Soda Bath Dip:
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 3 cups warm water
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- table salt for sprinkling or course salt
- Add all the Pretzel ingredients, milk, butter, yeast, brown sugar, flour and salt in you bread machine in that order. If your machine has a quick dough setting use that, if not just use regular dough setting. Check dough a few mins. after you start it. If it's too dry add a tablespoon or 2 of water if too dry, do the same with flour. Dough should be a nice ball.
- Let dough rise for 20-30 min.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick mats or parchment paper. Once dough cycle is complete, put the dough on lightly floured surface and break into 6 pieces. Roll each of the 6 pieces out into long ropes about ½ inch thick, then slice into 1- 1½ inch long pieces. (see pics) Set cut pieces aside until they are all rolled and cut.
- Mix baking soda and water in medium size bowl until dissolved . Take half of the dough pieces and dump them all in the soda water and then place on baking sheet. Repeat with the second half and place on second sheet.
- Bake at 425 for 7-8 minutes. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and brush pretzels with melted butter when removed from oven. Sprinkle with table salt or course salt. Serve with your favorite dip.