Go to any sporting event and beer and pretzels is a classic combination. Beer and hotdogs. Beer and nachos, beer and pizza, beer and…well beer.

You get what I am saying. Beer goes with a lot of things. Beer also goes well in a lot of things. Especially yeasty things.

With the state of the world bringing out our inner baker it’s time to toss aside our sour dough starter (actually just put it in the fridge for later) and try something new.

Wayne Gretzky Estates has the perfect challenge for you home bound bakers out there. Pretzels look complicated but they really are no harder than a loaf of bread. And with Father’s Day right around the corner what better gift than homemade pretzels and some No. 99 Craft Beer. Choose from their crushable Craft Lager, a refreshing session ale and my new balcony favorite the pale ale.

Using beer in this dough these treats bake up light and fluffy. Top with just Kosher salt or mix it up and use parmesan cheese, fresh herbs or in my case some Everything Bagel Seasoning and surprise Dad this weekend. Make sure you pair it with some spicy mustard and of course a glass of No. 99 Pale Ale (or one of their other delicious beers). The perfect pairing.

Beer Soft Pretzels

(recipe courtesy of Wayne Gretzky Estates)

Photo by Katie Desharnais

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ tsp Dry active yeast
  • ½ cup Warm Water
  • 1 tbsp 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

Directions:

  1. Add the yeast, sugar and warm water into a mixer bowl, mix gently and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Once, the yeast has bloomed, add the flour, salt, beer and butter.
  3. 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).
  4. Place into a greased bowl, saran wrap and place in the fridge for 4-6 hours (overnight is best).
  5. Remove from fridge, cut into 8 even pieces, roll each piece out into a rope about 12-16 inches long.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. Place the pretzels into the warm simmering water bath for 20 seconds, making sure to flip over gently.
  9. 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).
  10. Place into a 500-degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

(Makes 8 pretzels)

Thanks to Wayne Gretzky Estates for sending me some of their beer to try out this recipe and enjoy a glass out on my balcony.