Now I know I’m a little late for Brewfest, but here is a new recipe inspired by the World Of Warcraft world event. These addictive and buttery soft Brewfest Pretzels are incredibly easy to make and pair well with the many different brews offered by the brewmasters of Azeroth. They also go great with Throwing Sausages.
May or may not increase your Stamina by a WHOLE 2 points!
These pretzels will be the highlight of your Oktoberfest/Brewfest party. The butteriness paired with the kosher salt and touch of honey will make your loved ones crave this recipe and have them begging for more. Even if you are a bread-making novice you shouldn’t fear this recipe (unless you are Nomi). It’s incredibly easy to execute and the results will make you feel like a pro. Now fire up those ovens, crack an ale, and get ready to enjoy the best pretzel of your life…made by you!
LOOT: 8 PRETZELS | QUEST TIMER: 2 HOURS
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp melted butter, slightly cooled
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp kosher salt
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp water
4 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp honey
kosher salt for sprinkling
stand mixer with dough hook attachment
large oiled bowl
sheet pans lined with parchment
large, shallow, straight sided-pan
1.) In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, whisk together 1 1/2 cups warm water, active dry yeast, 2 tbsp honey, and 2 tbsp melted (slightly cooled) butter with a fork. Let stand for 10 minutes – mixture will be foamy.
2.) Add the all purpose flour and 1 tbsp kosher salt to the yeast mixture. Mix on speed 2 for about 5 minutes, or until a cohesive dough is formed. Be aware this dough will be very stiff and elastic. Place in a large oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size – about 1 hour.
3.) Preheat oven to 450ºF.
4.) Add 8 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to a large, shallow, straight-sided pan and bring to a boil.
5.) Turn the pretzel dough onto an un-floured surface. Using a bench knife, cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into an 18″ rope. Shape your rope into a “U”, then twist the ends of the rope once. Bring the twisted end towards yourself and press the tails into the bottom of the pretzel. Place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper (I recommend 4 pretzels per sheet pan) to await their bath.
6.) Once your water/baking soda mixture is boiling, carefully drop a pretzel into the pan and boil for 30 seconds. This process gives the pretzel its texture and helps give it its signature color. Remove the pretzel with a spatula and return to the sheet pan. Repeat until all the pretzels are boiled.
7.) In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 2 tbsp water with a fork. Brush each pretzel with the egg wash and bake for 12-15 minutes (rotating the pans halfway through baking) until they are a lovely dark golden brown color.
8.) In another small bowl, mix together 4 tbsp melted butter and 2 tbsp honey. Using a clean pastry brush, brush each pretzel with the butter mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve warm with mustard and a Brewfest ale!
Inspired by “World Of Warcraft”