Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pretzel Pieces

1 package dry active yeast  (2 1/4 tsp. or 1 T.)
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
Coarse salt (or regular salt if you're too cheap to go buy the "special stuff" like I was!)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 425°F. 
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or just spray PAM on it (that's what I do).
In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let sit until the yeast dissolves (about 2-3 minutes).
 Combine other ingredients (except eggs) in separate bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead with floured hands until smooth. 
In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Set aside. 
Divide the dough into 5 portions. Working with one at a time, roll the dough balls out into ropes that are about 1 inch in diameter. Use a sharp knife to cut 1-inch lengths of dough. 
Drop each of the dough pieces into the egg mixture and immediately transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle with salt. If you don't have course salt, sprinkle regular table salt on the top (this is how my husband likes it). 
Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown (they'll look like REAL pretzels that is when you will know they are done). Repeat the process until all the dough has been cooked. 
Melt the butter and brush all the pretzel bites with butter, then sprinkle with more salt. 
Often times, I cut hot dogs into thirds and roll them in the dough. This way there is some meat in your meal :).
These are from my most recent batch!

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