Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nutella Filled Pretzel Bites


Yes, I played around with my jar of Nutella again.

 

This time I decided to stuff some soft pretzel bites with nutella. I got the idea after my peanut butter stuffed soft pretzel bites. The chocolate hazelnut spread gets a little melty when cooked inside the soft pretzel dough, so it sort of oozes out, which I love.

I wish I could have stuffed more nutella inside for a full lava effect but then the soft pretzel dough wouldn’t seal properly.

I’m so used to savory soft pretzel bites, but I liked this sweet chocolate version.

Nutella Filled Pretzel Bites
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Author: Kirbie’s Cravings
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 2 hours 6 mins
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Nutella spread for filling
Instructions
  1. Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope. Using a sharp knife, cut rope into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Take one piece of dough and flatten to a square/rectangle with your fingers. Then spread some nutella on about half of the square/rectangle (about 1/4 tsp). Make sure you don’t reach the edges of the dough or else you can’t completely seal the dough. Seal the dough back up to resemble the piece you originally cut, so it is cylindrical in shape and looks like a soft pretzel bite. You can shape it a little between your fingers. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
  6. Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
  7. Beat one egg yolk. Brush the top of each pretzel bite with the beaten egg yolk. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6 minutes.

 

 

11 Responses to “Nutella Filled Pretzel Bites”

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    Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} — August 18, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    Yet another great combination! I still need to try out the PB ones, too. Can’t wait!!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 8:36 am

      You can make both at the same time! Half/half.

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    Carly — August 18, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    OMG i think i would eat all of these if i made them! They look really good…I’ll have to check out your other versions also!=)

    • Kirbie replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 8:37 am

      Soft pretzel bites are so addicting. I end up eating way too many.

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    Elizabeth — August 18, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Wow, brilliant! Those look like pillowy soft little bites of heaven!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

      Thanks!

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    Tres Delicious — August 18, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I bet the nutty nutella will give a flavorful gooey fillings. Looks fabulously done.

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — August 19, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Oh man, these look delicious! I love nutella…never thought to put it in a pretzel bite! Genius! :D

    • Kirbie replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

      These are pretty addicting. You should definitely try it out.

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    Christina — August 24, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I followed it exactly and ended up with lovely bite-size pretzels!!
    It was indeed a lot of work to stuff each one (50+ pieces) but the turn out was awesome.
    I also stuffed them with mini blocks of cheddar cheese (just those sandwich slices)
    and balls of mozzarella cheese just because they were in the fridge.
    Since you mentioned combos, I was thinking about doing a pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese to make them really like combos.

    I’ll have to make them again and try making pizza pretzels!
    wish me luck!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 24th, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

      I’m glad they turned out well for you! I’ve stuffed them with pepperoni and cheese before to make pizza pretzels and they were great. I didn’t add the sauce though, instead I used it as a dipping sauce because I thought the marinara sauce would cook too much when the pretzels baked or would be too messy to work with. Yeah it is a little time consuming because you had to stuff each bite. I tried doing one long strand of rope at a time before but when you cut it, it’s hard to close off the pretzel bites and you want to make sure they are sealed before you drop them to boil, so I’ve found that stuffing each individual one is the best way to do it.

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