We went through the process of wisdom teeth extraction over Fall break with my son. I will spare him the humiliation of posting a picture of him with his puffy cheeks but take my word for it - he was really cute and resembled a chipmunk. His recovery went remarkably well - he was eating grilled cheese sandwiches 8 hours after surgery! The days following surgery were agonizing for him - not because of the pain but because I forced him to REST! Torture - For both of us. I can hardly blame him for not wanting to rest though - I think we are very much alike in that respect. (Just ask my family who had to tolerate me for 2 weeks of bed rest!)
The day after surgery, my son really wanted to get out of the house and it was all I could do to keep him home for the day. I finally suggested that we make pretzel bites together to give him something to do to keep him busy. My daughter, who is never one to be left out, got in on the cooking as well. The three of us whipped up (and ate) a batch of soft pretzel bites that afternoon. I adapted this recipe from Bobby Flay recipes for Soft Pretzels with Queso Poblano Sauce and Mustard Sauce. I turned the pretzels into bites and skipped the sauces. We decided to sprinkle half with sea salt and the other half we brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. YUM!
Soft Pretzel Bites
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
2 whole eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour. (I put mine on top of the dryer to catch some residual heat.)
Brush the tops of half of the pretzels with the egg wash.
The bites that didn't get sprinkled with salt, get brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
There you have it, a sweet pretzel bite and a salty pretzel bite - it's up to you.
These pretzel bites were soft and chewy on the inside - perfect for those who had sensitive mouths. It was a great afternoon activity to keep the kids busy on Fall break too. If you've got an afternoon with your kids - why not spend it in the kitchen?
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