Pumpkin Shaped Soft Pretzel Bites
1 1/2 cup warm water
1package dry yeast
2 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 cup bread flour
1tbl kosher salt
6tbl melted butter
Baking Soda Solution
1/3cup baking soda
Egg Wash for brushing
olive oil to coat the bowl
board for rolling
- Make the Dough
Pour warm water into the bowl of your mixer, add honey and stir in
yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes, until foamy. Make sure you use warm
water, not hot. Hot water will kill the yeast
and salt into the bowl with yeast and knead , using a dough hook
attachment. If dough is too sticky add additional 1/2 cup of bread
flour. This dough when kneaded is somewhat on a dense side. Knead for 5
minutes, or until the dough comes into a smooth ball.
bowl.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for a
Preheat oven to 450F
- Forming the Pretzel Rolls/Balls
Roll the dough into a rectangle and using a knife or pizza cutter cut the dough into squares.
Using both hands, pull the dough together, form a ball from each square.
- Dipping dough in Baking Soda Solution
I didn’t take picture of this step but you can view a picture tutorial of how this is done here.
Simply bring 5 cups of water to boil, add 1/3 cup baking soda. Stir well until baking soda is dissolved.”Blanch” the pretzel rolls in the baking soda bath for 30 seconds. Remove from the solution onto a tray or bare baking sheet and continue with remaining rolls.
- Form a Pumpkin like Shape
Transfer pretzels onto a sheet lined with parchment paper, using Kitchen Shears, hold pretzel roll in your hand and using shears cut total of 8 cuts through the dough, all around, keeping the center of the roll intact.
Then using the wooden spoon handle press deeply into the center of the roll, leaving a small dimple.
- Brush and Sprinkle with Pretzel Salt
Whisk together egg yolk and water, strain. Brush sparingly tops of the pretzel pumpkins, sprinkle with pretzel salt.
- Bake Pretzles
Bake pretzels at 450F,for about 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
- Add a Stem
Push a piece of a nut into the center, into the dimple, you can use pecans, peanuts or even store bought pretzel sticks would work for this.