We’ve been hosting a get-together at our house on Super Bowl Sunday since we moved in a few years ago. Most (if not all) of our friends are Patriots fan, but even when the Patriots don’t make it to the big game, we still like getting together to watch the game (and the commercials) and enjoy some good food! Last night’s game was really exciting and we definitely enjoyed watching the Saints win so congratulations to all of their fans! Hopefully next year the Patriots will be back in the Super Bowl
I actually didn’t make much food for our party this year since it was a small gathering. Yesterday I blogged about the red velvet cupcakes I made and today I wanted to share the soft pretzel bites that were also on the menu. I saw these over on Maria’s site, Two Peas and their Pod, last week and I knew I wanted to try them. They looked delicious and I’ve been on a pretzel kick lately plus homemade pretzels are so much better than anything you can buy in the store.
These are definitely worth the effort! They’re really pretty simple, especially if you read the directions properly, which I failed to do on the first batch. I didn’t divide the dough into a small enough piece so my rope was thick, yielding jumbo pretzel bites. Luckily, they still came out fine so no harm done. The only other thing I’d advise is to spray the baking sheets very well with cooking spray. Some of the pretzel bites from my first batch stuck to the bottom of the pan. I liked these best when they were still a bit warm, but they’re tasty at room temperature too.
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 F)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast (I used instant)
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled just slightly
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
coarse sea salt