- 90 minutes
- 30 minutes
Serve up these tasty appetizers and share the fun of homemade pretzels with your guests.
- To activate the yeast, add it to ½ cup of the warm water and add the sugar and salt. Stir, then wait until it gets foamy.
- To make the dough, use your kitchen stand mixer to combine 1 cup warm water, the flour, the butter, and the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook attachment, mix the dough until well combined, kneading the dough approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
- Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise. Wait until it doubles in size, approximately 50 minutes.
- Once the dough has risen, place it on a lightly-oiled surface and divide it into twelve equal pieces. Roll each one into a long "rope" about 1-inch thick, then cut the rope into 1- to 1¼-inch pieces.
- Place the 6 to 8 cups of water and the baking soda in a large pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat somewhat.
- Working in small batches, drop each pretzel bite in the water for approximately 10 seconds; remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place the pretzel bite on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue until you've finished all of them.
- Lightly sprinkle each pretzel bite with Kosher or coarse salt. Place them in a 400-degree oven for approximately 12 minutes. (Watch them closely.)
- In a saucepan, heat the beer until boiling, then whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the cheddar and Swiss cheese and continue whisking until smooth. Whisk in the sour cream, flour, sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and garlic powder until thoroughly combined. (If the cheese sauce is too thick, add more beer.) Remove from heat and serve with the pretzel bites.