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I don't know about you, but I find that snacks are the most difficult items to keep in stock while avoiding processed foods. Store-bought crackers and snacks are just so handy when you're out and about or when kids come home hungry from school. Even adults need a little pick-me-up in the late afternoon. (The Brits are so smart to have tea at 4:00, which of course, features lovely food as well as tea.)

Fruit is our go-to snack, but it's nice to have other options on hand as well. These pretzel bites are a perennial favorite in our house and they're considered a treat merely because we eat them so fast that I can't keep them stocked!

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Sourdough Pretzel Bites

makes 120-150 pretzel bites

1 1/2 cups sourdough starter, active and recently fed
1 cup hot water
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar or honey
2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
5 cups all purpose, whole wheat, or spelt flour
coarse unrefined sea salt

 

Method:

Add the butter, sugar, and salt to the cup of hot water and stir to dissolve. Cool to lukewarm.

Put the starter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add the lukewarm water mixture. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough will be very very stiff.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, turn to coat, and cover. Let sit for 2-4 hours.

When you’re ready to bake, bring a pot of salted water to a rapid boil, then reduce to a steady simmer. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Break off pieces of the dough about the size of a large egg. Roll each piece into a rope about 1 inch in diameter, then cut the rope into 1-inch sections. Drop as many pretzel bites as will fit without touching into the water and cook about 30 seconds after they have risen to the top. (Or longer for a chewier pretzel.)

Remove with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. When the baking sheet is full, bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool on wire racks.

Honey Mustard

5 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon kombucha

OR

5 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh whey

Β Method:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

If you’re using whey instead of apple cider vinegar and kombucha, whisk all ingredients together and set aside at room temperature for 2-3 days before serving.

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30 thoughts on “Sourdough Pretzel Bites with Probiotic Honey Mustard

  1. Lisa says:

    Could I use Agave syrup instead of honey? I wish I had some sourdough starter! I’d make these right now if I did! They sound good πŸ™‚ I’m assuming there’s a sourdough starter recipe on here somewhere… going to look it up right now πŸ™‚

    • NourishingJoy says:

      I haven’t posted a “how to” yet on how to start a sourdough starter from scratch, but there’s a good one at http://nourishedkitchen.com/how-to-make-a-sourdough-starter/ and you can also buy a starter at Cultures for Health (look in our resources section for a link). Or you could get some from a friend… πŸ˜‰

      I would think the agave would work, since the pretzels don’t need much rise. It would certainly give a lovely sweetness.

    • NourishingJoy says:

      No, the dough hook isn’t necessary at all – it’s merely how I find it easiest to make them. You can certainly make them in whatever way you best like to make bread. Because it’s a very stiff dough toward the end, it can take awhile to do by hand, but not impossible! Do whatever’s easiest for you. πŸ™‚

  2. Amber says:

    We have given up everything that comes packaged, which includes my son’s favorite snack -pretzels. He has been asking for them so I told him if he could find a recipe with sourdough starter, we could make them. He was so excited to find your site. He even exclaimed, “Mom, she even has kombucha in the recipe!” I’d say he found a great site! We will be collecting more recipies from here. Great blog!

    • NourishingJoy says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad the blog can be useful to you! πŸ™‚

      I have fallen in love with sourdough, as I find it handy for so many snacks and treats – crackers, pretzels, cakes…. My kiddos have really enjoyed these pretzel bites, so I hope your son enjoys them too!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I’m just starting my sourdough baking. When you say active and recently fed starter does that mean right after you feed it or should I wait a bit?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Stephanie

    • Kresha says:

      Wait a bit. After you stir in the new flour and water, you’ll need 4-8 hours before that “feeding” of the starter has given it enough oomph to leaven whatever you’re baking.

      You’ll be able to tell the starter is active because it will have grown in size (usually about doubled) and it’s still domed at the top, rather than flat or concave. You can still use it, certainly, if it has begun to fall – just when has at least doubled and it’s domed, that’s when it will give the best rise to your dough.

      Good luck!

  4. Catherine Crabtree says:

    Hi, I just made a batch of these! Thanks for the recipe. I did t get a lot of rise and I used fresh ground flour so they are a little sense but good per my husband (I’m on gaps diet). My question is how long will they keep at room temp? Or should I store in fridge? Thanks!

    • Kresha says:

      Hi, Catherine.

      I would keep them in an air-tight container at room temp and I would imagine they’ll last 2-3 days before they taste stale and 5-6 days before they get moldy. I’ve found that storing bread products – especially sourdough – in the refrigerator tends to make them taste dry and stale more quickly.

      Enjoy!

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  8. lexee says:

    hi there, i plan to try these soon! but i don’t need near that many at once. have you ever halved the recipe? will it work just as well? also, could i freeze the dough??

    thanks!

    • Kresha says:

      Halving the recipe should work just fine! I’ve never tried freezing the dough, so I can’t give any pointers there. If you do, though, let us know how it goes! I’ve parbaked various other breads, but I don’t know if the water bath throws a wrench in those plans or not, so I don’t want to recommend it without trying it first. πŸ™‚

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  13. Nikki says:

    Just so you know you left out the part about lightly greasing the pan or using parchment. I did make them and followed the instructions and it had a delicious pretzel coated pan. Nobody seemed to mind them missing the bottoms though πŸ™‚

    • Kresha Faber says:

      Hmmm… I’ve never had them stick, but that’s a great point. Parchment is a fabulous idea! I’ll update the recipe. πŸ™‚

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  16. Martha says:

    I have made half-batches of these pretzel bites several times now, and have another round planned for tomorrow. I baked them on a reusable baking liner. The bites have been a huge success among kids and adults alike. Leftovers did not hang around for long! The honey mustard is also good. However, many people were not interested in mustard, and preferred eating the bites plain (which makes them even easier to serve). This recipe is a keeper.

  17. lexee says:

    hoping to finally make these tomorrow!

    can i let the dough sour for more than 2-4 hours? i’m hoping for the benefits of a longer souring time πŸ™‚

    thanks!

    • Kresha Faber says:

      Absolutely! You can leave them as long as you typically let your starter sit at room temperature in between feedings. If you go much longer than that, you’ll loose the oomph of the yeast and will end up with flat, chewy pretzels.

      Enjoy!

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  19. Erin Joy says:

    These look great! Looking forward to trying them tomorrow. I’m curious about storage — I typically store my bread in the freezer until ready to use, because I find the fridge makes it very dry… IF my kids don’t eat these all up in a few days, do you think they would store well in the freezer? Thanks!

    • Kresha Faber says:

      Yes, I think they would store very well! (Provided you use an airtight storage container of some sort, both for flavor and longevity.)

      Enjoy!!!

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