We go to BJ's to shop, I have to shop in bulk for my big family of 8, which 3 are teenage boys and they eat me out of a house and home. So for snacks they always pick out the frozen pretzels, well when we went shopping last month, my hubbie said "they want you to make pretzels", in the moment I was like WHY, when you can get them here already made, just have to toss in oven for 7 minutes and there you go. So during the month I had orders that I had to fulfill, so I didn't think about making them, until my 6 yr old who loves to eat, said mama "you didn't make the pretzels yet". In my mind I was thinking, and I am not going to make them. But I cant say No, especially if I can make then with whole wheat!
I went on a recipe rampage for a simple recipe where I can switch around some ingredients for a more healthier pretzel and goodness did I find it! A recipe from King Arthur recipe book, and since I use King Arthur whole wheat flour I though they let me try this! I am so glad that I did, they came out perfect. Instead of making regular pretzels I made pretzel bites! I am not a creative genius, so to make the dough into a pretzel with my skills it would have come out not too nice! So I just cut the dough to make bites!
This was the easiest recipe for making dough that I have ever made! Since they came out delicious, I have to share!
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp light brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp butter, melted
(Now I have a KitchenAid mixer with the accessories so it can knead the dough for me) Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl, and beat until well-combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it's soft, smooth, and quite slack. Flour the dough and place it in a bag, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.While the dough is resting, prepare the topping: Combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the baking soda is totally dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool. Preheat your oven to 475°F. Spray baking sheet with oil spray, or line it with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to floured surface and cut into long strips, and then cut the strips into pieces, let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the pieces again, then put the dough pieces in the baking soda mixture let sit for 2 minutes, place dough pieces on baking sheet, and let them sit for about 10 minutes! Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes, take out and brush melted butter all over pretzel bites.
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