Spicy pretzels with bacon spread & pickled tomatoes


Sweet-tart pickled tomatoes and a deliciously smooth bacon spread add heaps of flavour to a simple pretzel snack.



100g Eskort Bacon Spread

10g dry yeast

5ml (1t) white sugar

250ml (1c) warm water

625ml (2½c) bread flour

60ml (¼c) brown sugar

5ml (1t) salt

5ml (1t) chilli flakes

500ml (2c) hot water

60ml (¼c) bicarb

5ml (1t) coarse salt

Pickled tomatoes

125ml (½c) castor sugar

250ml (1c) white vinegar

5ml (1t) salt

5ml (1t) mustard seeds

500g rainbow tomatoes




  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Mix together the yeast, white sugar and warm water and allow to bloom for 10 minutes until it foamy.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt.
  • Add the chilli flakes and yeast water. Knead until smooth and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Turn out the dough onto a flour-dusted surface and divide into 6 portions.
  • Stretch the dough into ropes and shape into pretzels.
  • Combine the hot water and bicarb in a bowl.
  • Dip the pretzels in the hot bicarb water and place them on a greased baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with the coarse salt and bake for 10 minutes.

Pickled tomatoes

  • In a small saucepan over moderate heat, heat the castor sugar, vinegar, salt and mustard seeds and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the vinegar boils, add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Put Eskort Bacon Spread on each pretzel and serve with the pickled tomatoes and a sweet preserve of your choice.

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