In the world of snack foods, pretzels rank high on the popularity list as a long-time favorite. They’re simple (just a combo of water, flour, and salt), delicious, and don’t disappoint when it comes to variety. Some come in pinwheel shapes, some come stuffed with peanut butter, and you’ll even find some smothered in chocolate, but for this recipe, we’re taking it back to the OG — the soft pretzel.
Thanks to German immigrants, these delicious, doughy knots came to America around 1710, so we’ve been enjoying the glorious pretzel (in its various shapes, sizes, and flavors) for over 300 years.
Here at Hi-Wire Brewing, we have a love for beer and pretzels, so we’ve combined them in this tasty recipe. Following in the German tradition, we bring you chewy, gooey, soft beer pretzel bites that will knock your socks off.
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¾ cup Leisure Time Lager or Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 ½ cups bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 7-8 cups water
- ½ cups baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp water
- Pretzel salt
- Add the sugar, beer, and yeast to a mixing bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes then stir in the butter, flour, and salt. Mix until it forms a ball.
- Either with an electric mixer or by hand, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled. Oil the top of the dough and cover the bowl with a cloth. Place in a draft-free area for 1 to 2 hours until it has almost doubled in size.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Roll each section of dough into a log 15 inches long. Cut the logs into 1-inch sections and place them on the baking sheet. Cover the dough bites with a towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes. They should get slightly puffy.
- Preheat oven to 450°. Place the water and baking soda in a large 8-quart pot. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Working in batches of about 15 dough bites at a time, place the dough bites in the boiling baking soda bath for 30 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon or strainer and let them drain on a rack. Transfer them to the baking sheet.
- Whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush over the tops of the pretzel bites. Sprinkle with pretzel salt.
- Bake for 12 to 16 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you’re throwing a party or looking for a great game day snack, we highly recommend combining these soft pretzel bites with our Hi-Wire beer cheese. You won’t regret it.