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Beer pretzel bowls

Prep Time1 hr 35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer, Bread


  • 3 C bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 C beer
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1/3 C baking soda
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • Course salt for topping


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, salt and sugar.
  • In a heat safe measuring cup, microwave  beer in 30 second intervals until it reaches 110-115F°. Add yeast, allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to begin activating.
  • Turn mixer on low, slowly pour beer mixture in. Mix until dough pulls away from bowl and begins forming a ball.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil. Transfer dough ball to prepared bowl, cover and allow to rise until double in size - roughly 45-60 minutes. Divide into four equal portions, forming each into a smooth ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for an additional 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375F°.
  • Add 3 inches of water to a large stockpot, bring to a boil. Carefully add baking soda (*this will bubble up immediately). Using a sharp knife, slash an 'x' into the top of each ball of dough. Carefully add to boiling water, cooking each side for 30 seconds. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  • Generously brush with melted butter and sprinkle with course salt.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a dark golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Remove dome top and hollow out all but 1 inch around the exterior if using as a bowl.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel