- 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour, divided
- 1 package quick-rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup beer
- 6 ½ cups water, divided
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- Kosher salt
Combine 3 cups of flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. In a saucepan, combine the beer, ½ cup water and oil and heat to 120*F.
Put on dough hook attachment and turn onto low-medium speed. Add the beer mixture to the flour mixture. Keep mixing until the dough comes together. Add more flour 1 tbsp at a time until it forms a soft dough.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Divide dough in 12 equal pieces (1/2, then each half into six pieces). Roll each piece into a 14 inch rope with slightly tapered ends. Cover other dough to keep it from drying out.
Form pretzels by creating a U shape, then cross one end over the other to form a circle, leaving 3 inches at the end of each rope. Twist ends once and pinch each end to the bottom to form a pretzel shape. Place on greased baking sheets, cover, and let rise 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400*F. In a large non-aluminum pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the baking soda. Working in batches, boil the pretzels for 30 seconds each, turning once. Remove to a greased wire rack.
Brush pretzels with egg and sprinkle with salt. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
CHEESY BEER DIP:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 – 4 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup good beer (I used Garrison Irish Red)
- 2 tsp hot English mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 – 3 cups cheddar cheese
Melt the butter in a pot. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, beer, and mustard. Season with a generous pinch of salt and a few cranks of fresh pepper.
Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom! When it’s thick and bubbly, add the cheese one cup at a time and stir thoroughly. Once cheese is all added, taste and readjust seasoning.