Blueberry Pretzel Bites Topped with a Balsamic Reduction
 

Vegan, Soy Free
Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cost: $3.00

Ingredients
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (to proof yeast)
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
1/2 + 3 tbsp water (for dough)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp baking soda
5 cups water
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions
Begin by proofing the yeast.  Add yeast, maple syrup, and 1/4 cup warm water to a medium bowl.  Be sure to make sure the water isn't too hot or it can kill the yeast. When the yeast is bubbling it is ready.

Add melted coconut oil, flours, and remaining water to the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.  Before the dough has fully formed, add the blueberries and continue to gently stir.  If dough is dry, add a bit more water 1 tbsp at a time.  Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes. 

Prepare a baking sheet by placing a piece of parchment paper on top. Once the dough has risen, pat down and divide in half.  Roll each half into long ropes and place on a cookie tray.  Put the cookie tray in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the blueberries to stay in place.

While dough is freezing, add 5 cups of water to a pot and dissolve the baking soda in it.  Bring to a boil.

Preheat oven to 450F

Remove tray from freezer and slice dough into smaller bite-sized pieces.  Place 4-5 pieces at a time into the boiling baking soda water and let them float for 1-2 minutes.  Remove from the water and place back on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with turbinado sugar (optional).  When all dough has boiled in the baking soda water, bake pretzel bites for 10-12 minutes.

While pretzels are baking, prepare your balsamic reduction by bringing 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar to a simmer in a small frying pan.  Stir constantly until it begins to thicken.  Remove from heat before it gets too thick because it will thicken up even more as it cools.  When pretzels are done, drizzle balsamic over top and enjoy!

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