· 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
· 2 1/4 tsp instant rise yeast
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
· 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
· 3 3/4 cup - 4 1/4 cup all-purpose flour plus additional to coat worktop
· 1/2 cup baking soda
· 1 large egg beaten
· Pretzel salt or coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Stir until yeast is well combined, about 1minute. Some lumps may remain.
2. To a mixing bowl add the salt, sugar and melted butter, and the yeast mixture. Stir until combined. Slowly add in 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix by hand or use mixer fitted with dough hook, until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour and stir. If dough is still sticky, add flour, and additional 1/4 cup at a time, until no longer sticky, and dough bounces back when poked with your finger.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 3 minutes and shape into a ball. Place in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with nonstick spray. Cover and let the rest in a warm area for approximately 10 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
5. Section dough into six equal parts and roll each section into 20-inch long ropes. Cut each rope into 1-1/2 inch bites.
6. Bring 9 cups of water to a boil with the baking soda. Once rapidly boiling, drop 8-10 pretzel bites into water and let sit for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the lined baking sheet, making sure that pretzel bites do not touch.
7. Brush beaten egg over each pretzel bite and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, rotating the sheet pans once halfway through cooking.
· 2 cups whole milk
· 1/4 cup unsalted butter
· 1/4 cup flour
· 1 tsp Dijon mustard
· ½ tsp garlic powder
· ¼ tsp cayenne powder
· 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated
1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
· salt + pepper to taste
1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form on the top.
2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in another saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the top, and whisk until lightly browned, and thickened, 2-3 minutes.
3. Slowly add the warm milk to the flour butter mixture in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Continue cooking, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. It should be thick but still pourable. Add the cheese, whisking constantly until it is melted. Taste, then add salt and pepper to taste.