Copycat Auntie Anne’s Pretzel bites

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Ingredients

 

  1. 1 (1/4 oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  4. 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  5. 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  8. 1 to 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more
  9. 3 cups hot water
  10. 1/4 cup baking soda
  11. 1/2 cup butter, melted

 

 

 

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

 

  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

 

 

 

Instructions

 

  1. Using a mixer, add 1 cup warm water, yeast, and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar, mix to dissolve and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Put the whisk attachment onto the mixer and add in remaining sugar (1 Tbsp + 2 1/2 tsp), brown sugar, vegetable oil, and salt.
  3. With mixer on low, slowly add in bread flour and mix well.
  4. Switch to the hook attachment and gently add in all purpose flour. Knead mixture on low until the dough is smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky. (You can add up to 1/4 cup more flour to reach consistency).
  5. Transfer to a buttery bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  6. After it has rested, preheat oven to 425 degrees and punch the dough and divide into 4 equal portions.
  7. Lightly add flour so the dough won’t stick to the surface your working on, and roll out each section into a rope about 25-28 inches long.
  8. Cut into bite size pieces.
  9. Pour hot water and baking soda into a bowl and whisk to dissolve.
  10. Using a slotted spoon, dip a few pieces of dough into the water mixture, then lift and let water drip off, then transfer to a silpat lined baking sheet.
  11. Repeat that process until baking sheet it full, rewarming the water in between batches.
  12. Bake for 8 minutes until they are golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven, dip into melted butter, toss to coat, and let excess drip off.
  14. Transfer to plate and while they sit, they will absorb the butter.
  15. To make Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzel Bites, then you have one more step.
  16. In a small bowl, mix together granulated sugar & cinnamon until well blended.
  17. Dip butter coated pretzel bites into cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to coat.

 

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