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Updated September 11, 2017
teaspoon active dry yeast
tablespoons butter (melted)
(1-quart) package nonfat dried milk
teaspoon guar gum (optional)
Make the pretzels: Mix the warm water with the yeast and allow to sit about 10 minutes until foamy. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and then knead with your hands for about 10 minutes until smooth. Cover and let rise for an hour. Roll out the dough thin and cut out rounds.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Dip your rounds into the boiling water for about 30 seconds each. Brush with additional melted butter and top with pretzel salt. Turn a mini muffin tin upside down and press the buttered side of the pretzel round onto one of the muffin spots. Continue with the rest of the rounds. Bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes until browned and crisp.
Make the Ice Cream: Pour the bottles of beer into a sauce pot and turn on low heat. You want this steamy, but not even really boiling. Allow this to reduce for about 2 hours from 3 cups to about 1/4 cup. If you bring the heat up too much, it will become bitter.
Mix the milk, cream, sugar, salt, and guinness in a sauce pot. Bring to a steam, but again try not to boil it. Remove from heat. Whisk in the milk powder, guar gum, and vanilla. Allow to cool completely, before freezing it in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturers instructions.
To serve, scoop some ice cream into the pretzel bowl and top with some chocolate sauce and a little more pretzel salt.
More About This Recipe
- Beer and pretzels have gone together since the days when bar owners gave out free pretzels to make the patrons extra thirsty.Little did those saloon keepers know that they were on to such a huge flavor sensation! With Oktoberfest on the horizon, I decided to play with this combination and make a super tasty dessert featuring Guinness and pretzels. Salted ice cream is becoming more and more popular so I knew I might be on to a winner. And my Guinness Ice Cream in Pretzel Cups were actually a bigger success than I had imagined. I served these one night after dinner with some friends and they were a huge hit.The ice cream by itself is fantastic, but when you serve it like this and take a bite with all of the elements, it is a dessert worthy of any 5 star restaurant.