Citrus-y Beer Pretzel Bites with Nutella® Dip
These homemade soft pretzel bites are infused with wheat beer and orange, and dusted in a sweet/salty coating that’s spiked with citrus zest. Serve with plenty of Nutella® chocolate hazelnut spread for dipping!
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Oranges go with beer. Beer goes with pretzels. Pretzels go with Nutella®. Nutella® goes with orange.
They all just get along so great, it’s nothing but a big ol’ love fest! A happy family. A circle of love. A circle of yummy, yummy love.
For today’s recipe post, I once again had Father’s Day in mind. I wanted to bake up an extra special treat for all the dads out there.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a dad that doesn’t love beer. My dad loved it (we used to buy him a case for his birthday and/or Christmas and/or Father’s Day gift), and of course my husband does too. There’s nothing better, for a Dad, than coming in after a few hours on the lawnmower and flopping on the sofa to watch a ball game, frosty cold one in hand. 😉
One of his favorite brews is a crisp, cloudy wheat beer, and it’s even more refreshing with a slice or two of orange thrown in. Like summer in a glass!
But of course he’ll want something to nibble on with that brew. What’s better than chewy bites of freshly baked soft pretzels? Tossed in melted butter and dusted with a sweet-salty coating that’s spiked with orange zest?
There’s only one thing I can think of that could make this pairing any better, and that’s a bowl of creamy, chocolate-y Nutella® spread, for dipping.
If you’re a frequent visitor to this blog, then you probably know all about my yeast phobia. I’m not the best bread baker. However, I have made Baked by Rachel’s Beer Pretzel recipe numerous times, and it never fails. The dough comes together easily, has a really great beer-y aroma, and the pretzels bake up so chewy and flavorful.
This time around, I made sure to use a paler beer, with subtle citrus and clove undertones, and I swapped a little of that out for orange juice. Just to reinforce that flavor. It worked great! But I also swapped the bread flour for all-purpose, and while I still managed ok, I probably wouldn’t recommend it. My dough was really slack and hard to shape, so I would recommend sticking with the bread flour if you can, or if not, maybe add a little more all-purpose than the recipe card calls for. If you’re good with bread you’ll probably know how much more, but I’m not, so please don’t ask me. K thanks 😉
Oh my word, you guys. Pretzels and Nutella® is such a winning combo. And so are pretzels and beer. And so is beer with orange. And so is orange and Nutella®. See also above.
I’m telling you, this is just a killer snack, no matter how you look at it! Treat Dad to a special homemade snack this Father’s Day, and spread the happy!
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These homemade soft pretzel bites are infused with wheat beer and orange, and dusted in a sweet/salty coating that's spiked with citrus zest. Serve with plenty of Nutella® chocolate hazelnut spread for dipping!
Preheat the oven to the lowest setting (mine is 170 degrees F) and combine the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Place the beer and orange juice in a liquid measuring cup and warm slightly in the microwave (on my microwave, this takes about 30-40 seconds). The mixture should be slightly warm but not hot.
Sprinkle the yeast into the beer and orange juice and allow it to dissolve (about 3-5 minutes).
Pour the mixture into the flour/sugar and mix on low speed with the dough hook attachment for about 10 minutes, or until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Mix in the salt.
Lightly mist a large bowl with non-stick spray and transfer the dough into the prepared bowl.
Turn the heat off the oven and place the dough in, allowing it to rise for one hour.
Divide the dough into bite-sized pieces, and allow to rise on a lined baking sheet for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and heat the water in a large stockpot until simmering.
Add the baking soda and cook the pretzel bites in the simmering water for about 1 minute on each side.
Transfer to a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
Combine the sugar, salt, and orange zest in a small bowl. Set aside.
Brush the pretzel bites with melted butter, and coat with the salty citrus sugar.
Serve with Nutella® for dipping.