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Beer Pretzels With Beer Cheese Dip

by Eva Merz • from the video Homemade Pretzels 4 Ways

Ingredients

for 12 pretzels

Obatzda Cheese Mix

  • 2 tablespoons
    beer, we used an oktoberfest style lager
  • 4.5 oz
    brie cheese (125 g)
  • 3.5 oz
    limburger cheese, or other strong flavored soft cheese like taleggio (100 g)
  • ½ pack cream cheese
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ tablespoon
    paprika
  • 1 tablespoon
    caraway seed
  • 1 tablespoon
    fresh chives, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced, optional

Pretzels

  • 1 pack premade pizza dough
  • 6 tablespoons
    beer, we used an oktoberfest-style lager
  • ¾ cup
    flour (95 g)
  • 5 cups
    water (1.2 L)
  • ¼ cup
    baking soda (45 g)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • course sea salt

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Preparation

  1. Cut rind off soft cheeses while they are still chilled, then cut into cubes.
  2. Blend cheeses with cream cheese with a fork then add the beer, spices, and diced onion and mix again. When well incorporated, stir in salt & pepper to taste. Chill.
  3. Take pizza dough out of package and roll into a ball. In a large bowl, add beer and flour to the dough and mix with hands until firm and not sticky. Add more flour if needed.
  4. Rip off a piece of dough and roll it into a 6-inch (15 cm) long log.
  5. To form the pretzel, pull the ends of the log to the top of the circle. Twist the ends around each other once and bring them down to meet the bottom of the circle. Then transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used. Chill pretzels in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
  7. Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the baking soda to the water and immediately add pretzels.
  8. Boil for 20-30 seconds, then take out and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Brush egg wash onto the top of each pretzel, then top with coarse salt.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until deep brown.
  11. Before serving the beer cheese, garnish with sliced red onion, if desired. Cheese mixture can be used as dip or spread.
  12. Enjoy!
 

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