Soft beer pretzel


These wonderful soft pretzel get their particular flavor and texture thanks to the addition of ale beer. For this recipe I used amazing Neapolitan beer Kbirr *. This beer, called the Heart of Naples, is an American Pale Ale, fresh, with a deep flavour, slightly citrusy, I highly recommend these ale for beer related recipes but also for simple tasting.

Soft beer pretzel
Preparation time
Cooking time
Waiting time 2h 30m


For 8 Serving(s)


  • 240 ml ale beer (me Kbirr - Cuore di Napoli)
  • 60 ml water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 0.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 460 g all-purpose flour
  • 40 g wholemeal flour
  • 6 cups water
  • 0.25 cup baking soda

Soft beer pretzel Directions

  1. In a bowl mix the flour with sugar and active dry yeast. Combine 60 ml of water, 200 ml of beer and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Work the dough until you see no lumps of flour.

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  2. At this point add the remaining 40 ml of beer mixed with salt. Work the dough by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook for 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until it doubles the volume.

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  3. At this point deflate the dough and divide it into equal parts. Create long strips of dough (about 40 cm long) and put them on a baking tray covered with baking paper to make them rise for another 30 minutes.

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  4. After this time take a strip of dough and cut into 4 threads like in the foto below.

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  5. Cut the other part of the strip in half and create the heart as in the picture. Seal the tip well using a drop of water. Proceed in this way with all the strips to create heart shaped pretzels.

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  6. Bring six cups of water to a boil, and then add the baking soda (be carefully it will foam up). Gently take your pretzel and place one at time in boiling water for 1 minute. Flip and boil for one more minute. Move your heart to a baking tray with baking paper and then continue with the rest of the prepared pretzels.

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  7. Sprinkle the hearts with some lcoarse salt (or sesame seeds) and bake in the preheated static oven at 220 °C for about 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven and continue this way with the second part of the prepared hearts. Let it cool completely before serving.

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Recipe notes

Thanks to the Kbirr - for giving me amazing beers to prepare this delicious recipe. The products are of excellent quality and flavor. I was struck by funny and modern packaging but above all by the deep flavor of their beers. A unique experience.

Nutrition facts

(vegetarian, lactose free)
Per Serving

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