Bavarian Pretzel Knots

Bavarian Pretzel Knots


3/4 cup warm water (110 - 115°F)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast (1/2 packet)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
28 grams egg yolks (beaten)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups American pale wheat beer (or German-style lager)
2 cups shredded gouda cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons dijon (or German-style mustard)
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard


1Combine ¾ cup warm water, sugar and kosher salt in bowl of KitchenAid® Artisan Mini Stand Mixer then sprinkle with yeast. Let stand 5 minutes or until mixture begins to foam.Add flour and butter. Attach bowl and Dough Hook to mixer.Turn to Speed 2 and mix until well combined. Turn to Speed 4 and knead 4 to 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and pulls away from side of bowl; remove dough from bowl. Clean mixer bowl then coat it well with vegetable oil. Return dough to bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
2Preheat convection oven to 400°F(or 425°F for standard oven). Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly brush with vegetable oil.
3Bring 10 cups water and baking soda to a boil in 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
4Meanwhile, transfer dough to lightly oiled work surface.Divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece to a 12-inch-long rope. Tie a knot in the center each rope, then join the two loose ends, pressing to seal. Place onto prepared baking sheet.
5Boil pretzels, in batches, 1 minute. Remove from water with a slotted spoon or small mesh strainer, drain well and return to baking sheet.
6Combine egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl. Brush tops of each pretzel with egg mixture and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until dark golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
7While pretzels are baking, bring beer to a simmer in small sauce pan on medium heat. Toss cheeses with cornstarch in large bowl until combined.
8Add cheese mixture to beer a little at a time while whisking constantly until cheese is melted. Remove from heat; whisk in cream and mustards. Serve warm with pretzel knots.
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