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Ham and cheese pretzel bites

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 6 bites

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast (or instant yeast)
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees F)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped ham (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used cheddar)
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-2 Tablespoons coarse salt

Combine the yeast, 1 tsp brown sugar, and warm water in a large bowl. Set aside until foamy, 5-8 minutes. (If using the instant yeast, you can skip this step and just add it to the flour.) In another bowl, stir together the remaining 2 Tbsp brown sugar and warm milk until dissolved.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and milk mixture to the yeast. Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Add the remaining flour as needed. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times, forming a smooth ball.

Brush the inside of a large clean bowl with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm, draft free area for about 2 hours, until dough has doubled in size and bubbles appear on the surface.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands and rolling pin with flour. Roll one of the four sections into a 12×4-inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, gently press 1/4 of the ham and cheese into the bottom third of the dough, and roll as tightly as possible, starting with the end that has the filling. Cut into 12 1-inch pieces and transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining 3 portions of the dough.

Let rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400?F.

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the baking soda and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Boil pretzels in batches, cooking about 20 seconds each, turning once. They should be slightly puffed. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them back to the baking sheets.

Bake until puffed and golden-brown, about 15 minutes.

Brush warm pretzel bites with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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mylilprincesses
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

 these sound yummy!!

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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The pic hopped out at me when I opened the post...those look great!

KaylaMillar
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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Oh yummy!
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periwinkle163
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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That sounds pretty labor intensive, but they look tasty!

epoh
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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Those look so yummy!
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Kimberly954
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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Ohh yummy

KamsOne
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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Those look delicious!

Bertieb
by Member on Dec. 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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Would love to have these but don't have 3 hours to work on them!

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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 Looks great, but too labor intensive.

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