Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites

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These take a lot of work but they are so worth it. One of my favorite snacks.

 

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites

Serves 12

3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 package of active dry yeast

2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp brown sugar

¼ cup warm water

1 cup warm milk

2 ½ to 3 cups flour

1 cup ham, finely chopped

½ cup cheddar cheese, cubed

6 cups water

4 tsp. baking soda

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 Tbsp. coarse salt

Directions:

Combine the yeast, 1 tsp. brown sugar, and warm water in a large bowl. Set aside until foamy, 5-8 minutes. In another bowl, stir together the remaining 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and warm milk until dissolved. Add 2 ½ cups flour and milk mixture to the yeast. Stir with 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 a large, clean bowl with olive oil. Transfer the dough the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. All to rise in a warm, draft free area for about 2 hours, until dough has doubled in size. 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 12X4 inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, gently press ¼ 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 2-inch pieces and transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining 3 portions of dough. Let rest uncovered, at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add baking soda and take off heat. Dip pretzels in baking soda water. Place them back on the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Brush warm pretzel bites lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.

 

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