Soft Pretzel Bites Dairy Free.
It is super easy to make dairy free soft pretzel bites. I used water in place of milk and olive oil instead of butter. They taste the same as the dairy version if not better. You get that dark golden brown color from boiling the pretzel bites in a solution of water and baking soda before baking. Some recipes call for doing an egg wash but my pretzels turn out just as dark whether I do an egg wash or not so I skip that part and save an egg.
So above is what your bread should look like after being in the bread machine or kneaded 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. Next you will boil in the baking soda water solution for about 30 seconds. I could only fit about 12 in my sauce pot at a time.
This recipe made about 65 pretzel bites depending on what size you cut them. You can also split the recipe in half and make a smaller batch if you want. You probably need two cookie sheets to bake them all. You can sprinkle with salt before or after you bake them. I like to use pink Himalayan salt because coarse salt can be a little too salty for me.
- 1 cup warm water
- 2¼ teaspoons or 1 packet of rapid rise yeast (I use quick rise active dry yeast)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Soda Bath Dip:
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda
- 4 cups water
- Topping: Coarse Salt for topping-(coarse kosher salt or table salt) & olive oil
- Add all the Pretzel ingredients, water, oil, yeast, brown sugar, flour and salt in a mixing bowl or your bread machine in that order. If your machine has a quick dough setting use that, if not just use regular dough setting. If kneading my hand or using a stand mixer start mixing the ingredients together. If it's too dry add a tablespoon or 2 of water if too dry, do the same with flour. Knead for about 10 minutes. Dough should be a nice ball by the time your done kneading.
- Let dough rise for 20-30 min.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick mats or parchment paper.
- 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 a sauce pot until dissolved. Bring to boil on the stove top. Add 10-12 pretzel bites to the boiling water. Boil for about 30 seconds then remove with a slotted spoon. Place on baking sheet. Continue until you have boiled all the pretzels.
- Bake at 425 F. for 8-12 minutes or until browned. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with table salt or course salt. Serve with your favorite dip.