Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites #SundaySupper

Pretty they are not, tasty they are.

I started learning to cook at the age of 36. Audrey was underfoot during supper prep while we were visiting my in-laws after Maurene was born. My in-laws, having raised her father, knew exactly how to solve that problem. They put her to work. When we got home I decided to continue having Audrey help because it was fun and continued to keep her occupied. In order to help Audrey in the kitchen I had to learn to cook.

That was over three years ago. Since then we have made many dishes together. One dish we have yet to make is homemade pretzels. The #SundaySupper team has decided to tackle recipes from their Bucket Lists. This recipe is one from ours. The girls have asked to make pretzels often but I have to admit the number of steps intimidated me. No need to be, it was easier than expected!

Counting to see if she has enough butter.

Maurene was my main helper with this recipe but Audrey did jump in when it was time to form the bites. She rolled and cut like a pro. This recipe is adapted from Michelle Stern's Pretzel Pillows from The Whole Family Cookbook. If you are thinking about eating better and want a cookbook to use to cook with the kids, this is it.

Carefully adding flour.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water, approximately 110 degrees F
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • vegetable oil, for the bowl
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk, with a splash of water
  • cinnamon sugar mix to sprinkle on top
Add yeast, sugar and water to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine salt and flours in a medium bowl. Add melted butter to mixer bowl, attach dough hook, and turn mixer on low. Add flour a small amount at a time until all flour has been incorporated. Remove dough from mixer and knead into a ball. Oil a medium bowl and transfer dough ball making sure to turn in bowl to oil all sides. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour.

Nothing a little clean-up won't fix.

Take kids to dance lessons, karate class, or to the store and dough will be ready when you return.

Pour 10 cups of water and baking soda into a large pot and heat to boiling. Place Silpat or parchment paper on three cookie sheets and set aside.

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove dough from bowl and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-18 inch rope and cut with a butter knife or dough scraper into bite-sized pieces. Or you can just rip it apart as my happy-go-lucky three year old did and you will end up with roughly the same thing.

Count all 10 cups as you add.

Using a slotted spoon place 15 or so dough bites into boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from boiling water and place on cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. This is made easy if you have one cutter and one cooker. A third person can place an egg white in a small bowl with a splash of water and whisk until combined. Brush this mixture over the pretzel bites after they come out of the water bath.

Or squish the dough flat, your choice.

Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake 10-12 minutes. When they come out of the oven you can throw another heavy cinnamon sugar mix on top if you like that sort of thing. These are good for snack, breakfast, or to throw in the car and take with you to reward children who are good at Target while mommy is shopping for new running ear buds.

Get lots of help rolling and cutting.
If you are ready for new challenges for the new year check out the amazing recipes from the bucket lists of the #SundaySupper crew. They all look amazing. And now that we have tackled one from our list some of the others don't look so hard!

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  1. WHo doesn't like cinnamon and sugar on their pretzels? These looks great as a snack for kids or even as an appetizer.

  2. I love cinnamon sugar pretzels! With a little chocolate dipping sauce on the side and you've got a perfect dessert!

  3. Mmmmmm I love a cinnamon sugar pretzel! So yummy...

  4. You got me hungry for this, Kris! Your girls are going to be fabulous cooks!

  5. They look SO good, plus I adore the cinnamon/sugar combo. You did a great job!

  6. What an irresistible breakfast - and what fun to make! I love the photos of your daughter - just adorable!

  7. I just adore pretzels, any way I can get 'em! I can't wait to try these!

  8. Yum! Thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to try baking pretzels.

  9. Cinnamon sugar is a great flavor in any dough, but pretzels sound amazing, particularly since I always had the salty version. Your helpers are so adorable, and they make less mess than many of us adults!

  10. My daughter is a huge cinnamon sugar fan and she would adores these. I will have to show her and maybe she will be making them too!

  11. On my bucket list is to cook with you and your girls this year.... you inspire me to spend more time in the kitchen with my boys! Love this recipe.

  12. Yep, I could eat a bucket of these pretzel bites. For sure.

  13. I love homemade pretzels, but I have only ever done a savory version. These look amazing!

  14. I love these! They look amazing. It's awesome that you have two little helpers.

  15. Lovely ! and love the pics of your kids making them.Pretty sure my kids would like these too !!

  16. What a great treat! I could go for a handful of those right now!

  17. What sweet photos! And who doesn't love pretzel bites? Great idea!

  18. Your girls are the sweetest! And if they can make pretzels, so can I! I love the idea of doing pretzel bites and then covering them in sugar and cinnamon...I can just imagine how amazing these tasted.

  19. I seriously love how active your daughters are in the kitchen. How old are they again? and these pretzel bites look wonderful!! Yum! :)

  20. Amazing! These look too dangerous to have around the house though!

  21. Love this recipe! I think what you are doing w/ your daughters in the kitchen is amazing. I wish more parents out there were as involved as you are :)

  22. Yay pretzels! I'm more of a salt person but I wouldn't turn down one of these!

  23. I love hearing more about how your got into cooking with your daughters. It inspires me. These pretzel bites look like a perfect treat

  24. I just found your blog and these sound fabulous. I don't think that my little one is ready to help yet because he keeps thinking that once the batter is mixed, that the cookies are ready. I think that the waiting in this one would kill him!! I might start without out him and then let him help :)

  25. What a fun treat to make with the girls!

  26. Sounds like a lot of fun to me--so great that you have the girls working in the kitchen with you!

  27. I just made pretzels today, too! They've been on my bucket list for ages. Yours look great and love your little helper!


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