Homemade Pretzel Bites

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I decided to make some homemade  pretzel bites to go with the mustard I had made, so I assembled flour, brown sugar, eggs, butter, salt, yeast and baking soda

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I took a cup and a half of warm water and dumped it into the mixing bowl

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and added 6 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of yeast

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I stirred it and let it rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast, once it was bubbling, it was ready

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so I added 2 tsp of salt and added 4.5 cups of flour slowly while mixing it with a fork

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once most of the moisture was absorbed, I switched over to hand mixing and started working the dough for 10 minutes

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Since I had a fresh pot of hot water from making some cheese, I set the bowl onto the pot and covered it with a towel to proof for a hour, make sure the hot water is not touching the bottom of the pan, you just want any residual steam to work for you

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after a hour the dough had doubled in size

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so I sprayed down my cutting board with veg oil spray and dumped out the dough, my daughter says peace

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I cut the dough up into 8 pieces and covered them with a towel to rest

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after 5 minutes or so, they were ready

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I dumped 3/4 of a cup of baking soda into 12 cups of water I had boiling, be careful, this will foam up instantly, make sure your pot is deep enough

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I took one of the dough balls and rolled it out to about a 20 inch length

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and cut them into about 2 inch pieces

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I slowly dropped them into the pot of boiling soda water and stirred them gently for 1 minute

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I sprayed a cookie tray with veg oil spray and laid the dough out on it

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I whisked my 2 eggs

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and brushed the dough with the egg wash and sprinkled some kosher salt on them

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and baked them at 425 for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown

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Bon appetit

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