Pumpkin Beer Pretzels

What you'll need:
  • 1/2warm water
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2.25 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1C pumpkin beer
  • 1/2unsalted butter, melted
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 4.5C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten, for brushing before baking
  • coarse sea salt

How you'll do it:

  1. Combine the water, brown sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beer, melted butter, salt and all-purpose flour to the mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  5. Coat a large bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up.
  9. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 1-2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon.
  10. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider strainer. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with sea salt.
  11. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
  12. Serve with favorite mustard or cheese sauce!