This past weekend Marc and I headed to the mall since we needed to pick up a few things. Shopping is exhausting for both of us, so we stopped for our usual snack at Auntie Anne’s midway through our trip. Let me tell you, I live for those pretzel bites. So I decided to try my hand at making my own this week. I used the basic recipe I learned in culinary school and doctored it up with my beloved Italian flair. These asiago herb pretzel bites were such a fun snack and I just loved making them!
I tried a few immediately. You know, quality control is important. Oh my goodness, they tasted even better than they looked. The outside was slightly crispy with a soft interior. I got the salt and asiago flavor immediately when I bit in. These babies were a perfect snack and they are also fantastic for game day! Hope you all love them. xoxo
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated asiago cheese plus additional for topping
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon olive oil plus additional for greasing the bowl
- 8 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg beaten with a splash of water
- sea salt for sprinkling on top
- First, make the dough. Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and gently give it a quick stir. Let it foam up and bubble for 10 minutes. Then add in the salt, dried parsley, dried tarragon, garlic powder and tablespoon of asiago cheese. Turn on the dough hook and let it all come together for a minute on low speed. While the hook is still going, slowly add in the flour. It will become a crumbly dough. Add in the olive oil, then turn off the mixer. If it is still too dry, add a bit of warm water. Bring it together into a ball and knead it in the bowl for 2-3 minutes. Lightly grease the bowl with more olive oil and cover it with a damp towel. Set it aside to rise for an hour.
- When the hour is up, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 8 equal wedges. Take the first wedge and roll it out into a thin log that is about 5-6 inches long. Use a bench scraper or knife to cut it into 5 equal pieces and set them aside. Repeat this with the other 7 wedges of dough to get 40 pieces total. Pre-heat the oven to 450 and get out a sheet tray. Line the sheet tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper, then get out a medium saucepan. Bring the 8 cups of water to a boil in it, then add the brown sugar. Slowly add in the baking soda since it will really make the water bubble up and possibly boil over. Turn the heat to medium.
- Boil the pretzel bite pieces for 30 seconds in the saucepan in batches of 10. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon onto the lined sheet tray as they cook. Line them up nicely and brush them all with the beaten egg. Sprinkle all of the pieces with a little extra asiago on top and a generous sprinkle of salt. Bake the pretzel bites for 15-18 minutes, until they become completely golden on top and baked through. Serve them immediately warm with either ketchup or warmed up marinara sauce! Enjoy!