homemade soft pretzel bites
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites the perfect snack that is so delicious!
I love when food gets miniaturized. It makes it funner to eat, it’s cuter (okay, maybe just to us girls it’s cuter — no guy would get caught dead saying that, am I right??), and not to mention, it can go in your mouth in one bite. Well, maybe you wanna refrain from that if you’re trying to impress someone..
I’ve been having really weird cravings for pretzels lately. Every time I’ve been to the mall in the past month or two and pass Auntie Anne’s, I’m always dying to get in line to buy one. They have great lemonade too that I’m a sucker for. When my brother and I were younger, every time our parents took us to the mall, our “treat” was a pretzel and lemonade from Auntie Anne’s at the end of the trip. I would always get the sour cream and onion pretzel and proceeded to get the powder all over my clothes. I’m sure my parents were pleased. Anyway, so I guess that tradition of getting pretzels at the mall has continued into my adult life. Even still, when I go to the mall with my parents, my dad always asks, “do you want a pretzel?”
So, confession: I never had pretzels with mustard before until very recently. I went to my first MLB baseball game two years ago with Jason and that was where I had my first pretzel with mustard. I mean, pretty standard to do that at a baseball game, right? Aside from hotdogs & beer. New found love: pretzels and mustard. So good! Where has it been all my life? Oh, duh, where have I been??
One of my kitchen goals this year was to bake bread. I should’ve clarified that more with baking bread & using yeast.
To be honest with you, I’m terrified of yeast. It’s such a high maintenance ingredient. I always hear, “don’t kill the yeast by putting it in too warm of water,” or “if the water isn’t warm enough, the yeast won’t activate!” Ahh! Warm water to me is relative. What is warm to me might be cold to you. That’s probably why the ‘standard’ is 110 degrees. ANYWAY. I wanted to conquer this fear and tackle the yeast! So, I did. With pretzel bites. I won. But I will say, I was in the process of throwing out the dough because the dough didn’t rise enough so I thought I failed but with my “what the heck” attitude, I decided to just go through with what I had to see if it’d turn out anyway, and YAY IT DID!
Posted on January 05, 2012