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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Soft pretzel bites


When I was in Munich, I ate a delicious bread called pretzel (a.k.a. brezelpretzlbreze brezn), when I found this recipe for soft pretzel bites  and saw how good they looked, I could not resist and I started cooking! The result was extremely satisfactory, so the recipe really gets an A grade!

To make it, I changed the doses from cups and spoons to liters and grams, to make it more comfortable.


360 ml warm water
7 g honey
1 cube fresh yeast or a bag of dried yeast

360 g regular flour
360 g strong flour (for bread)
10 g salt
90 g melted butter

Baking soda solution:
1200 ml water
80 ml baking soda (yes, you have to measure it in a beaker).

To let the pretzel bites get their color:
1 egg yolk
10-12 ml water (that is, a tablespoon)

More stuff:
coarse salt, extra virgin olive oil


The dough:
Pour the 360 ml of warm water in a bowl, with the honey and the yeast (the water shall not be hot, to avoid killing the poor yeast). If you use dry yeast, let it rest 5 minutes.
Add the flours, the melted butter and the salt; knead with your hands.
If it sticks too much to your fingers, add a little bit of flour and work for 5 minutes, or until you get a nice and elastic ball.

Grease a big bowl with a bit of olive oil and put the ball inside. Cover with film and let it rest for an hour.

Turn on the oven to 210º C.

Direction for the bites:
Overturn the dough on a clean surface, WITHOUT ADDING MORE FLOUR. Cut it into 6-8 pieces and, with the palms of your hands, roll them and form some cylinders  of about 3 cm of diameter (see pictures here).
With a pizza slicer or a knife cut the cylinders in small pieces.

Mix the egg yolk with the water and place it in the corner of your table. Keep within reach: a paintbrush, a slotted spoon, coarse salt, kitchen scissors and oven paper.

Now it's the turn of the baking soda! No, don't skip this step, it's necessary to get a good result. Put the water (1.200 ml) in a pot and, when it starts to boil, add the baking soda.
Throw 5 pieces of dough into the water and let cook for 30 seconds. Take the pieces out with the slotted spoon and put them on a sheet of oven paper. Do the same with the rest of the dough.

Into the oven:
Once done, paint with the mixture of egg yolk and water, dust with salt and, with the scissors, cut a + on each of the pieces. Carefully, lay the pieces on a tray with a clean sheet of oven paper. Bake for 10 minutes, or until they take a nice golden brown color.

Once ready and out of the oven, you have to resist the temptation of eating them immediatly, and let them dry over a grid for a few minutes.

Guten Appetit!!