I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pretzel Bites with Mustard Sauce

This is a great party food.  It is great hot or room temperature.  If you don't like the mustard sauce, make a cheese sauce or just serve plain.  Bring these to a party and they will be gone in a flash.   Kids & Adults enjoy them.

(makes approximately 150)

Pretzel Ingredients:
*1 1/2 cups warm water
*1 tablespoon sugar
*2 teaspoons kosher salt
*2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
*4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
*4 tablespoons butter, melted
*2 1/2 quarts water
*2/3 cups baking soda
*1 large egg yolk beaten
*1 tablespoon water
*1/8 cup kosher salt or pretzel salt for topping.

Mustard Sauce Ingredients:
*1/2 cup dijon mustard
*1/4 cup mustard
*4 tablespoon mayonnaise
*1 teaspoon honey
*1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Pretzel Directions:
~In a small bowl, combine water, sugar & salt.
~Sprinkle yeast over water.
~Let sit for 10 minutes to allow yeast to proof.
~Put flour into a large bowl.
~Make a well in the center.
~Add melted butter & yeast mixture into the flour well.
~Mix to form dough.
~Knead dough on a clean lightly floured surface until smooth, or use the dough hook on your mixer.
~Lightly oil a large bowl.
~Place pretzel dough in bowl & turn to coat.
~Cover with a clean damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft free area until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
~Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
~Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray with a cooking spray.
~In a large pot, bring 2 1/2 quarts water & baking soda to a boil.
~While you are waiting for the water to boil, turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled surface.
~Mix beaten egg & 1 tablespoon water into a small bowl.
~Divide the pretzel into 8 pieces.
~Roll each piece into a long rope (about 22-24 inches long).
~Cut each rope into about 1-inch pieces.
~Drop dough into boiling water for about 30 seconds.
~Remove pretzel from water.
~Place on cookie sheet.
~Brush top of each pretzel with egg wash.
~Sprinkle with desired amount of kosher salt.
~Bake for 13-15 minutes.
~Remove from oven, and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Mustard Sauce Directions:
~Mix all the ingredients and whisk.
~I like to let mine set in the refrigerator for an hour before using (I make it before I start the pretzels).

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