I am a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off so when IGGPPC announced they were doing The Great Iggle Bake Off I just had to get involved. The first weeks challenge is bread, I don’t bake a whole lot of bread, probably because I don’t eat a lot of it, but it was also Super Bowl weekend and I had been planning on baking pretzel bites anyways so it just seemed to all fit!
One of my favorite game days snacks is home made soft pretzel bites with beer cheese dip.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Packet of Active Dry Yeast
- 1 1/2 C warm water
- 1 TBSP Sugar
- 2 TSP Salt
- 4 1/2 C Flour
- 4 TBSP butter, melted
- 7 C water
- 10 TBSP Baking Soda
- 1 Egg
- Coarse Sea Salt
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 3 TBSP Flour
- 1/2 C Milk, divided
- 1/2 C Beer
- 1/4 TSP Salt
- 1/2 TSP Pepper
- 6 oz Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
- 6 oz Pepper Jack cheese, grated
What You’ll Do:
1.In the bowl of a stand mixer combine warm water, sugar, and salt, mix together. Sprinkle yeast on top and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to foam.
2. Add the hook attachment to the mixer. Add flour, and butter to the bowl and mix on low speed until combined. Increase to medium and knead until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 4 minutes.
3. Remove dough from the bowl and spray bowl with cooking spray, return dough to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel, even a paper towel will do. Place bowl in a warm area* and allow it to rest for about an hour, or until the dough doubles in size.
4. While the dough is resting make the beer cheese dip. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour.
5. Take mixture off heat and whisk in 2 TBSP milk, until smooth.
6. Add beer, salt, and pepper. Return pan to medium heat and stir until thick and bubbling, 2-3 minutes.
7. Add grated cheese, one cup at a time. Stir until smooth and melted.
8. When the dough has doubled, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 450 F.
9. Bring water and baking soda to a rolling boil. While it heats, turn dough out onto smooth surface and divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Using your hands, roll out each piece evenly into a 12+ inch rope. Cut dough into 1/2 inch pieces.
10. When water is boiling, drop dough into baking soda bath about 15 pieces at a time for 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place on prepared baking sheets. Repeat until all pretzel bites are complete. Dough will rise and become slightly cooked.
11. Whisk egg with 1 TBSP water. Spread egg wash on top of evenly placed pretzel bites. Sprinkle with sea salt.
12. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
13. Serve immediately.
*If you don’t have a proofing box you could preheat your oven to 170 F and then turn the oven off and place the bread inside, and let it rest there.