Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip! ... Brioche Pretzels? With Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip? What?! If it sounds like heaven, it's because it is! These soft and buttery brioche pretzels are flaky and delicious! The outer shell is smooth and the crumb is pillowy soft like a cloud!
Love brioche? try these brioche dinner rolls and brioche cinnamon rolls!
The beer cheese dip makes this combination a real part for your taste buds. This is not your traditional cheese dip. Smoked gouda and cheddar cheese come together with beer (I used Guiness), butter, and a few spices - and wow! Magic happens. I can guarantee that you'll be making this recipe for years to come. Also, this is perfect for parties, especially with Oktoberfest coming up!
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Have you ever had beer cheese dip? When making this recipe, I wanted to use the flavors of a strong beer and a smoky cheese to come together. I think this flavor profile is a bit more complex than your traditional beer cheese dip. Also, I added some smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic, and thyme to really build this dip into something that's unforgettable.
Let's talk about how to make the brioche pretzels. After allowing the yeast to bloom, add the dough hook attachment to a stand mixer and add the flour, salt, and the yeast mixture. You're also going to add water and butter and let the dough come together and form into a smooth ball. The key tip to getting the dough nice and smooth is giving the dough enough time to knead in the mixer. It will take at least 8 minutes. You really want to give the dough time to develop gluten and mix with the butter to make this crumb nice and soft!
Then we'll place the dough into a well oiled bowl and allow it to rise for an hour. The key is to get the dough to double in size. (For some reason, I love seeing the dough rise, it's always so cool to me). Cut the dough into 6 pieces, roll each into a ball and then into a long rope. The rope should be at least 18-22 inches. For a pretzel shaping tutorial, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwy9c0foFTc
I have found that I am a visual learner, so I hope that the tutorial listed above helps!
To make the smoked gouda beer cheese dip, it's actually quite simple. Melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Whisk until the butter clumps up and then add the remainder of the ingredients - beer, milk, cheese, salt, and spices. Stir over medium heat until all of the cheese has melted and the ingredients come together! Eat up!
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Can I make the beer cheese the day before and warm it up in a small crockpot?
Hi! I'm not sure as I've never used a crockpot for the dip. It may work but I'd keep it on the warm setting to make sure the cheese doesn't burn. You may want to add milk if it thickens too much.
I would not have thought about this combination. After reading it I had to try it. It was very yummy indeed - especially the dip.
I'm always intimidated when I see a homemade pretzel recipe, but you did a really great job of breaking it down step by step. That smoked gouda beer cheese dip sounds amazing! Can't wait to make this one weekend.
I had never made beer cheese dip before and was a little intimidated but your instructions were so helpful. Thank you!
WHEW! These pretzels were a huge hit for our family! I made them this past weekend, and they were devoured in a matter of minutes! My favorite was the cheese dip though! I can't wait to make them again.
The cheese dip is my favorite part too! I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you!
These brioche pretzels were just absolutely amazing and I loved the dip as well!
Thank you! The dip is my favorite part!
Not only were these beautiful - they were so incredibly delicious! I can't wait to bake them again!
Thanks Mila! I really appreciate it and am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!
I have a soft spot for warm pretzels so I was so happy when I found this recipe. I made this for my family and they loved it! There was not a crumb left!
Omg YAY! I'm so happy that this recipe was a hit!
I LOVE these pretzels! I almost ate all of them by myself!
Omg yay! I'm so happy that you loved them, we def ate them all too! lol
These pretzels were amazing! And that smoked gouda beer cheese dip!! I just finished it off and I already wanna make it again.
Aww this is music to my ears! Thanks Chenee, I'm so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!