Ted and I had our first time trying to make homemade pretzels. The recipe I found for Beer Pretzels seemed to be easy, but when we tried it out, it didn't turn out quite like we thought. Of course I used Bud Light, which tasted good in the end result.
Bud Light Pretzel: -4 1/2 to 5 cups of flour
- 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) quick rise yeast
-1 tsp of salt
-2-3 TBS of sugar
-1 cup of skim milk
-1/2 cup of Bud Light
- 2 eggs slighty beaten
-2 TBs wesson/canola oil
Quick Cheese Queso
- 160z Velveeta (cut up in chunk so it's easier melting) - 3-4 TBS taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup of Bud Light
- 3 TBs of milk (as the velveeta melts you can add more Bud Light depending on how thick or thin you like your Queso)
This is easy Bud Light Queso.. just put all the ingredients in the sauce pan and heat up until it's melted. If too think, then add some more Bud LIght. Let it simmer on low heat for during the baking time of the pretzels. This actually made our 1st Bud Light Pretzel making attempt taste really good, rather than just alright. The queso is on the salty side.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, Bud Light and oil to 120-130 degrees (we did 125 degrees..using our candy thermometer). Add to the dry ingredients. Beat just until moistened (used my kitchen aid mixer). Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. We used about another 2 1/2 cups of flour, which is where we might have gone wrong. Maybe to much flour?
Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.. 4-6 minutes. Ted did this, but it didn't seem to get totally smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. It was only a bit puffier than when it was covered 10 minutes earlier. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions...roll each into a 20-inch rope. This is where it got tricky. The dough just wasn't rolling out very well. So we made mostly pretzel sticks. Cover and let rest 10 minutes longer.
Twist into pretzel shapes. Again, pretzel sticks was the shape of the night... Place on greased baking sheet.. brush w/ eggs. We used egg whites at first, not a good idea since the full egg is what makes them golden brown. We added some a bit of Butter Crisco on the tops, which got them brown. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. More like 20 for our Thick Pretzel Sticks.. LOL..
The Bud Light Pretzels turned out alright, but it was more like a biscuit/pretzel w/ the tasty Bud Light Queso. Bud Light Cheese 'n Pretzels is a great idea for parties and snacks, but I would love to try it with a different pretzel recipe. Practice makes perfect.
If you have a yummy pretzel recipe that Ted & I could turn into a Bud Light Pretzel, that ROCKS! Please send it our way. We anxiously await our next attempt at ROCK'N BUD LIGHT PRETZELS! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org