Soft Beer Pretzels Recipe
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Soft Beer Pretzels Recipe

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What goes together better than beer and pretzels? Not much that I can think of. That’s why I put them together into one delicious recipe. I'm always looking for new ways to combine fun flavors and this pretzel certainly fits the bill. —Alyssa Wilhite, Whitehouse, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) amber beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse salt

Nutritional Facts

1 pretzel (calculated without coarse salt) equals 288 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 604 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat beer to 110°-115°; remove from heat. Stir in yeast until dissolved. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into eight balls. Roll each into a 24-in. rope. Curve ends of each rope to form a circle; twist ends once and lay over opposite side of circle, pinching ends to seal.
  4. In a Dutch oven, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 8 pretzels.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled pretzels in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, thaw at room temperature or, if desired, microwave each pretzel on high 20-30 seconds or until heated through. To Make Pretzel Rolls: Divide and shape dough into eight balls; roll each into a 14-in. rope. Starting at one end of each rope, loosely wrap dough around itself to form a coil. Boil, top and bake as directed. Yield: 8 pretzels. To Make Pretzel Bites: Divide and shape into eight balls; roll each into a 12-in. rope. Cut each rope into 1-in. pieces. Boil and top as directed; bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Beer Pretzels in Taste of Home September/October 2013, pjls

Nutritional Facts

1 pretzel (calculated without coarse salt) equals 288 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 604 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

Delicious! My kids and I are devouring them. I have made pretzels with other recipes, and they are always good, but the beer in these adds to the yeastiness. Keep baking till they're nice and brown, not just a little.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

I made these for my fiance and his buddy. They loved them so much they were asking for seconds! They make a great snack- soft and chewy. They are good plain or served with many different types of dips/cheeses.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

I made these for snacking during a football game. I also made the jalapeno cheese dip suggested in the 2014 cookbook. Both were delicious. My team won, so we might have a new tradition! (Note that there is a discrepancy between the recipe in the book and the online version. The book said to roll into 14-inch ropes. I think the 24-inch ropes indicated in the online version probably work better.)

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

These are great. Made both the pretzels and the rolls. Have since made the rolls two more times, and stuck them in the freezer for use during the week. They freeze well and later on make a great sandwich for work lunches. Highly recommend!!.

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

Easy to make and a hit with the family! Who knew I could make these at home!! No more trips to the mall...they're right here in my kitchen, hot and fresh!

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