Staying at home seems to have unleashed everyone’s inner baker. After (what feels like) everybody on social media mastered bread, they took on homemade bagels. What’s next, you might ask? Enter: baked soft pretzels.
What can make a baked soft pretzel even better? No, it’s not mustard. Believe it or not, it’s… beer! Here we’re sharing a Beer Soft Pretzel recipe courtesy of Wayne Gretzky Estates that features their No.99 Pale Ale.
If you’re looking to take on a new baking project this weekend, try making these tasty Beer Soft Pretzels at home!
Beer Soft Pretzels Recipe
(Makes 8 pretzels)
What You Need:
2 ¼ tsp Dry active yeast
½ Cup Warm Water
1TBSP Brown Sugar
3 ¼ Cup White Flour
1 Cup Wayne Gretzky Estates No.99 Pale Ale (or any beer)
2 TBSP unsalted Butter (diced at room temperature)
2 tsp Kosher salt (plus some for garnish)
¼ Cup Baking Soda
8 Cups Water
What To Do:
Add the yeast, sugar and warm water into a mixer bowl, mix gently and set aside for 5 minutes.
Once, the yeast has bloomed, add the flour, salt, beer and butter.
Mix with a fork until it looks shaggy and then place on the mixer with a dough hook and mix for 5 minutes or until a smooth ball forms. (if it is to sticky add a touch of flour).
Place into a greased bowl, saran wrap and place in the fridge for 4-6 hours (overnight is best).
Remove from fridge, cut into 8 even pieces, roll each piece out into a rope about 12-16 inches long.
Start with a U shape, then cross over and place the ends onto the back. Press down to stick. Repeat 7 more times and place the pretzels onto a parchment lined baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.
On the stove, heat up 8 cups of water and ¼ cup baking soda in a shallow pan (something large enough to fit a few pretzels).
Place the pretzels into the warm simmering water bath for 20 seconds, making sure to flip over gently.
Remove from the bath and return to the baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with kosher salt. (you can score the top of the pretzels to make them pretty if you want).
Place into a 500-degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve & Enjoy!