Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pretzel Hot Dog Bites Recipe















Is there anything that goes better with summer than hot dogs? Grilled, steamed, baked, or even fried, nothing tastes better on a warm summer day than a glass of Fruit Punch and a warm hot dog. But what would happen if this summertime classic joined forces with a State Fair favorite, the pretzel? Would the ambiance of summertime goodness be too much for any of us to take? Would the aromatic experience of fresh baked pretzels, combined with warm hot dogs knock us into another dimension where summer happiness never ends? Or would this extraordinary tandem combine the perfect blend of taste, texture, and smell to create an all new summertime favorite? Whatever the outcome, you can bet that you'll never forget these amazing Pretzel Hot Dog Bites!

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
2 1/4 tsp Dry Active Yeast
2 cups Water
2 Tbsp Baking Soda
5 Hot Dogs

(Topping):
2-3 Tbsp Melted Butter
Coarse Salt (Optional)

Yields: 32 pretzel dogs

Directions:
In a large bowl, activate yeast by combining yeast, brown sugar, and 1 1/2 cups warm water. Let yeast sit for 5-8 minutes.

Add flour and mix until dough ball begins to form.


Place dough on floured surface and knead until dough is smooth.

Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.


While dough is rising, slice up hot dogs. Each dog should be sliced into five pieces.

In a sauce pan, combine 2 cups of water and 2 Tbsp baking soda and bring to a simmer.


Remove dough from bowl and with a dough scraper, cut dough into 4-5 sections.


Cut each section into 6 or so pieces.


Take each piece of dough and roll out with a rolling pin.


Place hot dog piece on edge of dough piece and roll the dog into the dough.


Be sure to tuck the sides of the dough in on each side.


Pinch the top when finished, then place rolled pretzel dog in your simmering water/baking soda mixture and let simmer for 20 seconds.


Remove and place on a greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.


Melt butter and brush on to each pretzel dog.


Bake in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

Remove and serve.

WARNING: If the smell of freshly baked pretzels makes you weak in the knees with hunger, you may not want to try this recipe! You're whole kitchen will be filled with the sweet smell of fresh-baked pretzels.


The taste from these pretzel dog bites is out of this world! Their the perfect combination of State Fair classics and summertime feel. You'll never believe how delicious a hot dog can taste until you taste these. Bake this treat up for your kids and watch them fly right off the plate!


One bite, and you'll agree, summertime has never tasted this delicious!

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