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Vegan Beer Pretzels

Beer + Pretzels = perfect match. 

Pretzels are warm, salty and chewy, a perfect match with a cold, crisp beer. 

One of the things that amazes me the most about cooking is how just a few simple ingredients can really turn into way more than the sum of their parts. In this case, we have flour, water, yeast and salt–these four ingredients make bread–but in different combinations and with endless varieties. 

Beer pretzels vegan

In this case, the variety is created by how you cook the bread. Normally, of course, you’d bake it in the oven, but prior to going into the oven, the pretzel gets a short bath in boiling water. 

As well, I’ve added beer to the actual mix, for extra flavour and also for an extra bump. Because beer is, itself, yeasted and fermented, it gives the pretzels an extra rise. 

When you serve these, you’ll want a nice cold beer, but you’ll also probably want something to dip them in. I’m a fan of straight-up mustard, but a good cheesy sauce would also be a great choice (use the cheese sauce from this mac & cheese recipe).

Whew! These pretzels are making me thirsty! *cracks beer*Vegan Beer Pretzels

Vegan Beer Pretzels 

Ingredients

  • 1 355 ml bottle of beer 
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast (or one package if you’re using that)
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, melted
  • 4 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup aquafaba mixed with 1 tbsp oil or melted vegan butter
  • generous amounts of kosher salt for sprinkling 

Method

  1. Place the beer in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 45 seconds. You want the beer to be a little over 100 degrees, but less than 115. 
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, place the sugar and the salt, then pour the warm beer over top. (FYI you don’t need a stand mixer to make this, you could easily do it by hand, but it’s just more work). Sprinkle the yeast over the beer, and leave it to bloom for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Once the yeast has bloomed, stir in the melted butter, then place the bowl on the mixer, fitted with a dough hook. Turn the mixer on its lowest speed, and slowly add in the flour, until it is all incorporated. 
  4. Allow the dough to mix for another 5 minutes or so, until it is no longer sticky and it comes away from the side of the bowl and clumps up on the dough hook. 
  5. Pull the bowl off of your stand mixer and clean off the dough hook, pulling the dough into a cohesive ball. Slather a little vegetable oil on the ball so it doesn’t stick, place it back in the bowl, and cover with a towel. Place in a warm spot and allow to rise for an hour. It should at least double in size. 
  6. Dump the dough out onto your work surface, and punch it down. Roll it out into a log and cut it into 8 sections. Roll each section out into a long, skinny rope, a foot long. Fold the rope in half, and wrap it around itself, then pinch the ends together to make a pretzel stick. You can also, of course, make pretzel shapes, as well. 
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add a few tablespoons of baking soda. Drop the pretzels, two at a time, into the boiling water, and cook for 30 seconds. Pull them out using a slotted spoon or a spider, and place them on silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheets. 
  8. Brush the pretzels with the aquafaba/oil mixture, then generously sprinkle them with coarse salt. 
  9. Bake pretzels in a preheated 425 oven for about 20 minutes, or until nicely golden. 
  10. Remove from oven and enjoy hot with your favourite mustard to dip. 

Sunny Side Vegan Pavlovas

It’s easter, so what’s more appropriate this time of the year than eggs? 

Well, if you have an egg allergy, or you’re vegan, they are actually really inappropriate (other than, perhaps, the chocolate variety). 

I wanted to do a vegan play on a sunny-side up egg. This is not meant to be a replacement, as it’s sweet, not savoury, but it would make a great dessert. 

Sunny side vegan pavlovas

The concept is this: the pavlova forms the “white” part of the eggs, and the lemon curd is the “yolks.” The whole thing is made from two simple recipes, featuring our old friend, aquafaba. 

The recipe itself is quite simple, but it does take time, because meringue needs a long, slow drying out process to make it perfect. So be sure to start these bad boys well in advance of when you need them. 

The finished effect, though; pretty cool, right? 

Vegan Pavlova with lemon curd

 

Sunny Side Vegan Pavlovas

Ingredients for the Pavlova: 

  • 2/3 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for the lemon curd: 

  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • pinch of salt

Method: 

  1. First, make the pavlovas. In mixer bowl, combine aquafaba, sugar and cream of tartar. Turn mixer on lowest speed for 2 minutes, then on medium for 2 minutes, and finally on high until the meringue reaches stiff peaks (may take up to 10 minutes total). 
  2. Dollop 1/2 cup measurements of the meringue onto a parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheet. Swirl them and make a little well or indentation in the middle of the pavlova. 
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 200 degree oven for 90 minutes, switching positions and sides halfway through. Then turn off the heat and leave the pavlovas in the oven (with the light on) to set overnight. 
  4. For the curd: in a mason jar, combine water, non dairy milk and cornstarch. Screw on the lid and shake well to mix. Pour into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, and then cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk until it starts to bubble.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, and continue to stir until it thickens and bubbles.You’ll know it’s done when it coats the back of a spoon, and you can run your finger through it without it running back together.
  6. To assemble: place a pavlova on the plate, then dollop a little of the lemon curd (as much as it will hold) in the centre of the pavlova. Serve. 
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