I love prezels. Any kind of prezels. And I never thought they could be so easy to make!
I discovered soft prezel bites on Pinterest when making research for traditional prezel recipe. I have never seen prezel bites in our stores, so I tried to make them at home.
The first bites I made, were savory. And so delicious, I coudn’t even take photos because they disappeared in no time!
Feel free to use this recipe to make savory bites, omitting cinnamon from dough and increasing sea salt to 1 1/2 tsp. (No need to reduce sugar amount). Sprinke with coarse or prezel salt before baking and serve with cheese sauce!
But since it’s autumn right now and I am so excited about spices and autumn flavors, here’s my sweet version of the bites,made with whole spelt flour and delicious cinnamon sugar. Your house will smell amazing!
I tried using both, vegan butter and oil. The result is very similar, so feel free to use whatever you prefer.
I also tried using half water and half plant milk. No great differences.
When testing the recipe, I brushed half of the bites with baking soda bath mixture and half with egg wash. The baking soda ones were darker in color and had stronger prezel flavor. The egg wash can be replaced with plant milk for vegan.
I recommend keeping the bites for one day, covered, on the counter. When left uncovered, they dry out quickly.
With this recipe you will get a large number of bites. I didn’t count them, but the amount corresponds to what you see in the picture! So, unless you’re veeery hungry, please feel free to halve the recipe.
If you make this recipe, be sure to drop a comment below and tag me with your recreations on Instagram @foodie.yuki !
Soft cinnamon prezel bites
Ingredients for the dough
- 270 ml luke warm water
- 500 g (4 cups) spelt or all purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pack (9g) Active dry yeast
- 1,5 Tbsp unrefined brown sugar
- 0,5 tsp fine salt
- 50 g vegan butter or 40g neutral oil
Ingredients for the baking soda bath
- 100 g (1/2 cup) baking soda
- 2 l (9 cups) boiling water
Ingredients for the cinnamon sugar coating
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp fine sugar (I used light brown)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl or a bowl of a standing mixer, whisk flour with sugar, cinnamon and active dry yeast.If using a standing mixer, fit it with the hook attachment.
- Add warm water and knead on low for 5 minutes.
- Add salt and butter, knead on medium until the dough is soft and smooth (for about 10 minutes).
- Knead dough by hand a couple of times and shape into a smooth ball. Place into a lightly greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rest for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. (400F).
- Once dough is done resting, cut it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each section into a long rope about 30 cm long.
- Cut the dough into 2cm (one inch) pieces to make the pretzel bites.
- Combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the soda is totally (or almost totally) dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm (or cooler).
- Put the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. (about 10 bites at a time). Leave for about 1 min.
- Place pretzel bites on a lined baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching.
- Brush the tops with egg wash or plant milk.
- Place into the oven and bake for 11-13 minutes until golden brown.Let cool down completely, brush with melted butter and dip into cinnamon sugar.