And it is time again for the “Secret recipe club” reveal! I am sure you all know what the club is about, but for the few of you who still don’t know about it, here goes a brief explanation. Each month you are assigned a participating food blogger to make a recipe from and in turn someone else will be assigned your blog. All you have to do is choose a recipe, make it and blog about it on the specified date. The only rule is to keep it a secret! If you are interested in learning more, or want to join the club, please visit the Secret recipe club website.
This month I was assigned yet another beautiful blog: Life’s Simple Measures by the very talented Jess. It is FULL of wonderful recipes and as always I had a hard time choosing only one to make. I was about to make her Dark Chocolate Lava Cookies which look to die for, but I had made another chocolate based sweet the day before and my guilt prevailed. So I went for a savoury dish that I had been wanting to try for a while: Soft Pretzel Bites. I can tell you that they did not disappoint! They were easy to make and delicious! I also gave some to my husband to take to work and they were a success. So, thank you heaps for sharing such a fantastic recipe Jess! This is a recipe that I will be making again and again! Please, make sure you drop by Jess at Life’s Simple Measures and check out her beautiful site!
I also want to thank Angie from Big Bear’s Wife who is my group’s hostess for all her help!!!
Recipe adapted from Life’s Simple Measures
Ingredients: (makes about 115 pretzel bites)
375 ml – 1 ½ cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
7 gms – 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
560 gms – 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
60 gms – 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
150 gms – 2/3 cups baking soda
2.5 lt – 10 cups water
1 large egg
Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Mix and keep aside for 5 minutes or until frothy, to activate.
Put the flour, salt and butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a hook attachment. Add the yeast mixture and knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Put the dough in a bowl coated with vegetable oil. Cover it with cling wrap and let it rise for an hour or until it doubles in size.
Divide the dough into 16 pieces and roll each piece into 30 cm – 12 inch ropes. Cut the ropes into 2.5 cm – 1 inch pieces.
Fill a big saucepan with 2.5 lt – 10 cups of water and bring it to a boil. When it boils, add the baking soda. Put the pretzels in the boiling water and cook them for 30 seconds. Remove them from the pan and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Beat the egg and brush the top of the pretzel bites with it. Sprinkle them with some sea salt.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 230°C – 450°F for 6 to 8 minutes or until dark golden brown.
Let them cool down and serve plain or with your favourite dip or as my husband says, with an ice cold beer.