- Oct 26 '16
While beer isn’t a common ingredient found in your average pretzel, Harpoon Brewery understands the value of a beer-infused twist. The Harpoon IPA is one of the key ingredients that pastry chef Katarina Matoon uses in the pub pretzels, and it adds unique floral and hoppy tastes to the snack.
Along with the beer, Michael and Katarina used basic dry ingredients as well as a salt mixture as the foundation of their dough. The chef explained how properly developed dough doesn’t rip when it is stretched. Then, she attempted to teach Michael the art of the pretzel twist…which is where things got pretty funny.
Although she made it look simple, explaining that it was simply “cross it over and bring it down,” Michael laughed as his first pretzel turned out to be a little off kilter. When the pastries had been folded, they tossed them into a large vat of boiling water and beer (more of the IPA) to cook.
The completed versions were then served in baskets. Michael noted how the steaming pretzel smelled of IPA; upon tasting it, he concluded that the flavor matched the scent: doughy goodness with a perfect, beer-enhanced flavor.