Soft Pretzel Bites With Spicy Cheese Sauce 16 Steps
Mix warm water, brown sugar and yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add the all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to the bowl. Use the hook attachment and beat on low speed for 1 minute.
Add the melted butter and salt and keep beating until dough comes together. Scrape down sides of the bowl if necessary. Beat it for another 3-4 minutes or until dough forms.
Take the dough out of the bowl, slightly flour the bowl and put the dough back inside.
Cover the dough with a towel and allow it to rest for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bring a large pot full of water to a boil.
In a meantime, place the dough on a very lightly floured surface. (The heavier you flour the work surface, the harder it is to roll the dough.)
Use a sharp knife or bench scraper and cut the dough into 6 equal pieces.
Roll out each dough ball into a 1 inch thick rope. Cut each rope into 1-1.5 inch pieces to make bites.
Add baking soda to the boiling water. Once the water boils, add 10-12 pretzels at a time into the water for 15-20 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to take the pretzels out and place them on prepared baking sheet. Repeat this for all the pretzels.
Sprinkle coarse or flakey salt on top. Bake them in the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Once pretzels are in the oven, whisk milk, flour and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over medium heat.
Keep whisking and once the mixture thickens, add butter and cheddar cheese.
Mix until you achieve desired consistency, just keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it cools down.
Remove the pretzels from the oven and serve warm with spicy cheese sauce.