You’re only 25 minutes and five ingredients away from the ultimate recipe for Easy Pizza Dough Soft Pretzel Bites.
How to Make Soft Pretzels with Pizza Dough
There are few things store-bought or homemade pizza dough can’t do, from calzones and stromboli to croutons and garlic knots. It can even transcend from savory to sweet for the ultimate cinnamon rolls!
But never have I ever met a savory carb that I love more than soft pretzels. Chewy, pillowy perfect soft pretzels in every shape and size. While I’m all for a 100% made-from-scratch batch of soft pretzel twists or bites, sometimes a shortcut is in order for nearly instant satisfaction.
Using pizza dough cuts the total time standing between you and hot, homemade soft pretzel bites to a speedy 25 minutes. So yes, without a doubt, you absolutely can use pizza dough to make soft pretzels!
Soft Pretzel Toppings
When it comes to soft pretzel toppings, there are three distinctive routes you can go down:
- Classic salt
- Everything seasoning
I’ll take them all! Regardless of which topping you choose, an egg yolk wash pre-bake (and post-baking soda soak) guarantees that rich golden brown hue. You can then go the savory route and sprinkle them with salt or everything seasoning, or you can wait until after they’re baked before plunging them in melted butter and giving them a good roll in cinnamon-sugar.
How to Freeze Soft Pretzels
In the event any of these tasty soft pretzel nuggets remain uneaten (I am not familiar with this scenario, but I’ve been told it can happen!), they’ll freeze and reheat beautifully. Here’s your plan of attack:
1. Let the pretzel bites cool completely.
2. Arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer so that they aren’t touching and place them in the freezer until they’re frozen solid.
3. Transfer the pretzel bites to a sealable plastic bag or airtight container and stash them in your freezer.
How to Reheat Frozen Soft Pretzels
When that Easy Pizza Dough Soft Pretzel Bites craving strikes, raid the freezer then:
1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or greased foil).
3. Arrange the frozen pretzel bites in a single layer.
4. Bake until soft and warmed through, about 10 minutes.
Ready to start your 25-minute countdown to these gloriously chewy, golden brown, everything seasoning-topped nuggets below? Grab the pizza dough, preheat the oven and let the soft pretzel-ing begin!
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- Cooking spray
- All-purpose flour, for rolling out dough
- 1 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough, at room temp (See Kelly's Notes)
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk, whisked with 1 Tablespoon water
- Everything seasoning or salt, for topping
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper greased with cooking spray.
- Lightly flour your work surface then cut the dough into 1-inch pieces. (They do not need to be uniform in shape but should be roughly the same size.)
- In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-high heat, whisk together the water and baking soda. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
- Working in batches, boil the pretzel bites for 1 minute, then using a slotted spoon, transfer them into a single layer on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them at least 1 inch apart.
- Brush the pretzel bites with the egg wash then sprinkle them with everything seasoning or salt.
- Bake the pretzel bites until they are dark golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.
- Room temperature pizza dough is much easier to roll out and shape than chilled pizza dough.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.