Pretzels + Beer

Making Pretzels

Pretzels Recipe

The biggest mistake I made with the pretzels was only making five.

Another great recipe taken from Paul Mercurio’s Cooking with Beer cookbook, although this doesn’t have any beer as an ingredient it’s certainly a beer worthy food.

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Kneading the dough … and not needing a fancy dough hook attachment
Don’t you just love getting your hands dirty?!

I’ve been making a few bread related foods lately and the recipes always assume you have a fancy machine and a “dough attachment”. We don’t have a fancy machine, mostly because we’ve never needed one (dough pun!), but as I was kneading out the dough by hand I thought to myself that this was WAY more fun than watching a machine.

Once kneaded the dough has to rest and grow. Β The hot tip in the book is to spray a little oil into the bowl before you put the dough in to rest making it much easier to get out of the bowl later – just don’t forget to spray the whole bowl as the dough grows to about double it’s starting size.

I loved the massive citrus aromas that came off this dough once it had a couple of hours to grow
I loved the massive citrus aromas that came off this dough once it had a couple of hours to grow
With the dough needing a couple of hours to rest and grow, it's a good excuse to sit down with a beer!
With the dough needing a couple of hours to rest and grow, it’s a good excuse to sit down with a beer!
Shaping the dough turned out to be the hardest part! Apparently it's all down to practice so I guess I'll have to make a lot more!
Shaping the dough turned out to be the hardest part! Apparently it’s all down to practice so I guess I’ll have to make a lot more!
Sea Salt Pretzels
I got a little carried away with the salt

I didn’t put too much thought into the beer matching side of things here, we had a case of Coopers Pale Ale so we had one (or two) of them. Having said that, it was a pretty good pairing of floral pale ale with sweet breadiness. They also went really well when dabbed with a little Kick Ass Hot Beer Mustard! Now that I (kinda) know what I’m doing I think there’s a lot of fun that can be had with making different pretzels and beer matching …

Tasty, easy pretzels with good ol' Coopers Green
Tasty, easy pretzels with good ol’ Coopers Green

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