Bring a bit of Ireland into your home! The Best Soft Guinness Stout Pretzels – Irish Beer and Pretzels combined into one! It doesn’t get much better than this! I was motivated to find a special treat to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. Soon after I served them to the family, they were GONE! I guess that proves that these babies are YUMMY! Easy to make, these pretzels were a breeze to throw together. Enjoy, and Sláinte!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 tall can of Guinness Stout
- 4- 4 1/2 cups of all purpose organic flour, plus a little extra for dusting
- 1/4 oz active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons of organic sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- 2 1/2 quarts of water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
For the coating
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Coarse sea salt
Here’s what you do:
- In a pot, heat the Guinness but do not boil it. Allow the Guinness to cool (110-115°F).
- Add the yeast to the beer, and stir until it is dissolved.
- Add together 3 cups of flour, butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then add the beer/yeast mixture to the bowl and mix for until smooth. Add more flour until the dough becomes slightly firm, but sticky.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.
- Allow the dough to rise in a greased bowl, located in a warm place, for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-24″ log on a floured surface.
- Bend each end of the log to form 2 circles, overlapping the circles, to create the shape of the pretzel.
- Boil 2 1/2 quarts of water with 2/3 of a cup of baking soda in it. Drop the pretzels in, and boil them for about 30 seconds. They will float.
- Remove the pretzel from the water, and place on a cookie sheet.
- Brush the pretzels with a mixture of 1 beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water. Add the coarse salt to the top.
- Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool and ENJOY! Serve with a spicy brown or dijon mustard if desired!
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