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Mini Pretzel Crust Pizzas

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    A pizza and pretzel combination that is a snack lover's dream come true. Classic soft pretzel dough is used as the base for these pizzas and topped with a simple pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, with the option to add custom toppings as desired!


    I’m taking my classic Jumbo Homemade Pretzel Recipe and turning them into pretzel crust pizzas! Instead of twisting and rolling into pretzels, I decided to roll out the pretzel dough and turn them into mini pizzas!

    This idea came to me because my mom was visiting for the weekend and the woman LOVES pretzels. Name a type of pretzel and she will love it. I wanted to make her a pretzel-themed dinner that was little but more substantial than just pretzels and mustard and my brain came up with this GENIUS idea. 

    I’ve never had or even seen a pretzel crust pizza but my jumbo pretzel recipe was such a hit, I figured I could re-work it into pizzas…well let me tell you, it was a HUGE SUCCESS.

    mini unbaked pizza doughs on a tray

    What Ingredients are Needed for Mini Pretzel Crust Pizzas?

    Bread Flour: Bread flour helps to give the pretzel crust a soft and chewy texture, similar to that of a soft pretzel. You can swap 1:1 for regular all purpose flour, however texture might not be exactly the same.

    Water: A key ingredient needed for multiple steps in the pretzel crust making process.

    Active Instant Yeast: Just helps the pretzel dough rise.

    Salt: Table salt to add to the pretzel dough and sea salt flakes to the edges of the pizza crust. Don’t use regular table salt as the topping - opt for salt flakes or pretzel salt.

    Sugar: Just a teaspoon of granulated white sugar is needed to add a little bit of sweetness to the dough.

    Baking Soda: We are going to be bathing the pretzel crusts in a baking soda bath, so not actually including this as an ingredient within the pretzel dough.

    Pizza Sauce: Typical of any red sauce pizza.

    Mozzarella Cheese: Shredded or sliced very thin.

     

    What Toppings are Best for Pretzel Crust Pizzas?

    To this I say…whatever your heart desires! My one tip is if you plan on wanting a vegetable topping like mushrooms, onions, broccoli, etc. to precook those or saute them before adding them to the pizza. The reason for this is we have a very short bake time once these pizzas hit the oven, so you’ll want to precook most toppings if you want them nice and warm and tender.

    My recommended toppings for a red sauce pizza include:

    • Sauteed mushrooms, onions, and/or peppers
    • Pepperoni
    • Sausage
    mini pizza doughs baked on tray

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    How to Make Mini Pretzel Crust Pizzas

    Prep the Pretzel Dough for the Pizza Crust: Place all dough ingredients into a bowl and beat with a stand or electric hand mixer (using the dough hook attachment) until well-combined. 

    Using your hands, knead the dough for 5 minutes, until it's soft and smooth. Lightly spray or grease a bowl with cooking oil and transfer the dough to the greased bowl. Cover dough with a towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.

    Prep the Pretzel Bath: While the dough is rising, in a small bowl combine boiling water and baking soda for the pretzel crust bath. Whisk until the baking soda is dissolved and set aside to cool. 

    Make and Bake the Pretzel Dough Pizza Crust: Preheat the oven to 475°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with oil. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface and divide into 6 equal balls. With your hands, form each ball of dough into a round disk.

    Pour the baking soda and water mixture into a deep 13x9 pan. Place pretzels dough balls one at a time into the baking soda/water pan. Coat the dough balls in the mixture and leave them in the water for ~1-2 minutes before transferring them to the baking sheet. 

    Sprinkle the edge of the pizza crusts with sea salt flakes/pretzel salt. Let the dough rest uncovered for 5 minutes. 

    Bake pretzels for 4-5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. 

    Return to the oven to bake for another 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

    mini pizza sliced in half more in background

    Mini Pretzel Crust Pizzas

    A pizza and pretzel combination that is a snack lover's dream come true. Classic soft pretzel dough is used as the base for these pizzas and topped with a simple pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, with the option to add custom toppings as desired!


    Prep time: 40 min |

    Cook time: 10 min |

    Total time: 50 min

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients:

    For the Pretzel Dough Crust:

    • 2 ½ cups, bread flour (360g)
    • 1 tsp, salt (5g)
    • 1 tsp, granulated white sugar (5g)
    • 2 ¼ tsp, active instant yeast (7g or 1 packet)
    • 1 cup, warm water 

     

    For the Pretzel Crust Topping:

    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 tbsp, baking soda (28g)
    • 1 tsp, Maldon sea salt flakes or pretzel salt
    • ½ cup, pizza sauce (126g)
    • 1 cup, shredded mozzarella cheese (112g)

    Directions:

    1. Place all dough ingredients into a bowl and beat with a stand or electric hand mixer until well-combined. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, until it's soft and smooth.
    2. Lightly spray a bowl with cooking oil and transfer the dough to the greased bowl. Cover dough with a towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
    3. While the dough is rising, in a small bowl combine the boiling water and baking soda for the pretzel crust topping bath. Whisk until the baking soda is dissolved and set aside to cool. 
    4. Preheat the oven to 475°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with oil.
    5. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface and divide into 6 equal balls.
    6. Using your hands, form each ball into an approximately 4” round disk.
    7. Pour the baking soda and water mixture into the deep 9x13 pan. Place pretzel dough one at a time into the pan, coat the dough in the mixture and leave them in the water for 1-2 minutes before transferring to the prepared baking sheet.
    8. Sprinkle the edge of the pretzel dough with sea salt flakes/pretzel salt. Let dough rest for 5 minutes, uncovered.
    9. Bake pretzels for 4-5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. 
    10. Return to the oven to bake for another 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
    11. Remove from the oven and enjoy!
    Notes:
    1. Be sure to watch the pretzel doughs as the cook to ensure they don't over bake!

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 mini pizza

    Serves 6


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 336
    Total Fat 5g
      Saturated Fat 3g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 15mg
    Sodium 1,836mg
    Total Carbohydrate 60g
      Dietary Fiber 2g
      Sugars 18g
    Protein 11g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Mini Pretzel Crust Pizzas


    Author: Christine

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Pretzel Crust Pizza, Mini Pizzas, Pretzel Pizzas


    Ratings and reviews (6)

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    Tianna
    1 week, 5 days ago

    love this idea, sounds so simple to make which is even better

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week, 5 days ago

    thanks! hope you give it a try!

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    Natalie
    1 week, 5 days ago

    This looks and sounds very delicious. Honestly the one thing is it has too much salt. Thank you for sharing. 🤗

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week, 5 days ago

    just omit the salted bottoms and it's really not that much!

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    Mila
    1 week, 5 days ago

    These pizza pretzels look delicious and kid approved. Thanks for sharing.

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week, 5 days ago

    definitely kid approved!

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    Brooke
    1 week, 5 days ago

    Wow these look to die for! Will have to make these soon!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week, 5 days ago

    absolutely to die for!!

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    Kirsten
    1 week, 5 days ago

    Will be making these soon!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week, 5 days ago

    hooray!

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    Deborah T
    1 month ago

    So tasty and delicious! Love the fluffiness and saltiness in the dough.

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 month ago

    so glad you enjoyed!

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