Pretzel balls are a tasty snack that is perfect for any occasion. Learn how easy it is to make the best, soft pretzel bites from frozen bread dough, using Bridgford Ready-Dough.
Course Side Dish, Snack, Brunch, Appetizer
Keyword Breads, Appetizers, frozen dough, frozen bread dough, Side Dish
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 12minutes
30 minutes of rise time 30minutes
Total Time 52minutes
large saucepan (at least 4 quarts)
1loafBridgford Ready-Dough (frozen bread dough)
1tablespoonsalt flakes(I prefer Maldon)
Cut the thawed Ready-Dough into 32 pieces evenly sized pieces. To quickly do this, cut each bread dough loaf into two equal pieces, then each half into four pieces. Then cut into quarters. Each piece will weigh about .5 ounces. Roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet.
Cover pretzel balls with plastic wrap (spray the underside of the plastic wrap with cooking spray first). Let rise 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to a boil in a saucepan. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Drop pretzel bites into the boiling water, 4-6 at a time for 20-30 seconds. Drain and return to the baking sheet.
Optional egg wash and salt: Mix together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water for the egg wash. Brush on pretzel bites and sprinkle with flake salt or rock salt.
Bake the mini pretzel balls for 12-15 minutes, until dark golden or light brown in color. (See below for how to air fry pretzel bites). Serve warm with our Cheese Beer Dip, fondue cheese, or a mustard dip.
Air Fryer Instructions
Preheat the air fryer to 375ºF (if needed).
For a basket-style air fryer, bake in batches leaving 1/2" of space between the mini pretzel balls.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the pretzels are deep golden or light brown in color. Serve warm with our Cheese Beer Dip, fondue cheese, or a mustard dip.
Tips on thawing frozen bread dough. Check the package of frozen bread dough for how to thaw frozen dough:
My preferred method is to defrost frozen dough overnight in the fridge. This method is almost effortless, and the dough will thaw overnight (or in about 8 hours).
You can also thaw it on the countertop. It usually takes about 2 hours.