Honey Wheat Pretzels and Beer Cheese Dip

March 3, 2012 · 12 comments

in Appetizer/Side, Meat-afiable, Recipe, Sauce, Snack, Vegetarian

Wow, things have been busy here.  I’ve been working full time, I had two tests since I last posted, and I visited my sister in Atlanta.  Whew.  Luckily, it’s the weekend and I’ve FINALLY had time to make something worthy of posting.  Pretzels!  Since I’ve been so bad about posting, I also included a recipe for beer cheese dip to use with these delicious honey wheat bagels.  My sister and I made a version of this when I was visiting, but we forgot to take pictures.  Whoops!

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Back to honey wheat pretzels.  Everyone loves soft pretzels from the mall, but they don’t know how much better they are when you make them yourself.  Making them is surprisingly simple too (they follow almost the exact same process as bagels).  Making these pretzels using half whole wheat flour and honey makes these slightly healthier than the addictive mall pretzels, but they taste even better.

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The cheese dip recipe I have to go with the honey wheat pretzels is very customizable.  You can use whatever spices you like, any cheese, and any beer.  If you don’t know what you want to use, I found an awesome website for beer and cheese pairings.  I used cheddar cheese and pale ale.  So tasty!

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Honey Wheat Pretzels and Beer Cheese Dip

Active Time: 30 minutes

Inactive Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12 pretzels

Honey Wheat Pretzels and Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-1/4 tsp yeast
  • For the topping:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • whatever toppings you want (or none if you want to dip the pretzels)

Instructions

  1. You can use a bread machine or a mixer with a dough hook.  If using a bread machine, place all the ingredients in the bread pan in the order I have listed (except for the topping ingredients) and set to dough.  If using a mixer, combine the honey, yeast, water, and oil and mix well.  Add the oil first and use the same measuring spoon to measure out the honey.  The honey will slide out instead of sticking.   In the bowl for the mixer, add the flour and salt.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.  For both: add more water if the dough is too dry and won't combine, add more all-purpose flour if the dough is sticky and wet.
  2. Once done mixing, let rise for about 1 hour in a warm spot.  Begin boiling a large pot of water and add 1/4 cup of baking powder.  Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Remove the dough from the bowl/bread machine pan and divide into 12 equal parts.  Roll them out into a long snake and make a U-shape.  Fold one end over to the middle and then fold the other end over.  You should have something that resembles a pretzel shape now. Do this for all parts.
  3. Once the water is boiling, place one pretzel in the water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and remove.  Do this for all the pretzels.  Mix together the egg and water for the topping and brush onto each pretzel.  Sprinkle whatever topping you want over top (salt, sesame seeds, cheese, pepperoni, garlic powder, etc) or leave plain.  Place on greased cookie sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Then enjoy!
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Recipe for Beer Cheese Dip!

Printable Version

Ingredients:

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp flour

1-12 oz beer

1/2 cup milk

1 cup cheese

1 tsp mustard powder

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp chives

cooked bacon (optional)

(you can add or remove spices as you want)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 cups (16 servings)

Cooking Instructions:

Melt the butter with the mustard powder, garlic, paprika, and chives.  Once melted, add the flour and mix constantly.  Once this forms a clumpy mixture, add the milk and beer and whisk.  Continue to whisk until the mixture has no clumps.  Add the cheese and mix until it is completely smooth.  Sprinkle in the bacon if using.  Easy and delicious.   Enjoy immediately with pretzels or veggies.  Any leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated.

Pretzels Nutrition Facts:

 Beer Cheese Dip Nutrition Facts:

 

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