To accompany a Bavarian Lager, renowned for its delicate balance between malty sweetness and subtle bitterness, we offer Homemade Bavarian Pretzels with an easy-to-make Obatzda . This classic combination highlights the beer's traditional characteristics while providing a contrast of textures and flavors.
Ingredients for 2 people:
For the pretzels:
- 250g of flour
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 150ml lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 30g unsalted butter, melted
- Coarse salt for sprinkling
- 3 liters of water
- 50g baking soda
For the cheese sauce:
- 200g Camembert, at room temperature
- 100g of fresh cheese
- 50g butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons of Bavarian beer (a Lager, for example)
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped chives, for garnish
Preparation of Pretzels :
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
- Add the lukewarm water and melted butter, and knead until you have a smooth dough.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Divide the dough into ropes and form pretzels.
- Boil the water with the baking soda. Dip each pretzel for 30 seconds, then drain.
- Place the pretzels on a baking sheet, sprinkle with coarse salt and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Preparation of Obatzda :
Preparation of the Cheese :
- Mash the Camembert, cream cheese (Philadelphia) and butter in a large bowl until you obtain a creamy and homogeneous consistency.
- You can use a fork or an electric mixer to make this process easier.
Adding Flavors :
- Add the chopped shallot, beer, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper to the cheese mixture. Mix everything well.
- Cover the bowl and let the Obatzda rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This will allow the flavors to blend well.
- Take the Obatzda out of the refrigerator a little before serving.
- Garnish with chopped chives.
- Serve the pretzels warm and dip in the obatzda.
Combining warm, crispy pretzels with Obatzda is a classic and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of a Bavarian Lager.
Cheers & Stay Brewtiful!