Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzel Bites
1 package of active dry yeast
2 Tablespoon sugar (or brown sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour (if you don't have you can substitute with 1 cup regular flour then minus 2 TBL)
4 Tablespoons melted butter
5 Tablespoons sugar (for this part we're using sugar substitute. I like to think that any less sugar is better) mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon
DirectionsIn mixing bowl add dry yeast, water, and sugar. Let sit for ten minutes. Mix in flour and knead for about 8 minutes. There is something I've learned over the last few years: The stickier the dough the better the rise. I've noticed when the dough is in a perfect ball and a little more firm the end results are a little dryer.
After the dough has doubled in size, it's time to shape them. I like to cut the dough in half and then cut long strips off to form either the pretzel, or the bites.
Now, I made mine two ways:
My typical way is to drop the pretzels into a baking soda bath for a few seconds before baking. The others I left like the recipe. After baking you can see the difference in color that the baking soda ones have:
5. Place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and let rise for 20 minutes. (this only needs to happen when the dough is not already soft!)
6. Bake at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes.
Makes about 10 servings.