Ingredients (PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 packet active yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- sliced cheese, your choice.
- fresh rosemary
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 2 quarts water for bath
Instructions1. Add yeast to warm water. Let settle for about 5 minutes. Then add the sugar and salt to the yeast and mix in.
2. Add the yeast, sugar, and salt mixture to the flour. Mix together. I used the dough hook on my kitchenaid and mixed for about 5 minutes on speed #2. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
3. Cut dough into about 5-6 equal parts. Roll out on a clean surface. Don't need to flour the surface, the dough shouldn't stick. Then make a line in the dough and add cheese to the middle (see picture). Roll until it is about 1 inch in diameter. Cut pieces that approx 1.5-2 inches and place on a lined baking sheet.
4. Place the baking sheet with dough uncovered in the fridge for approx. 1 hour. This is key. This helps build a skin making it have that nice crust.
5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
6. Bring 2 quarts of water to boil. SLOWLY add in baking soda into the boiling water. *caution* this creates quite a bubbly reaction for a few seconds, so add a little bit at a time. Stand back. It will eventually simmer down.
7. Add the pieces of dough into the soda bath. Let it sit for about 10-20 seconds and then remove. I used a pasta server to remove it and found it to be the perfect tool.
8. Sprinkle with rosemary. Bake the pretzels for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Move to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
|the dough rolled out|
|open the dough, add cheese, and then close.|
The finished product. Cheesy Rosemary Pretzel Bites. Mmm, good! Perfect for a party!
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