Soft Pretzels with Cambozola Cheese Fondue as seen on Ace of Taste, Season 1.
Recipe courtesy of Duff Goldman

Soft Pretzels with Cambozola Cheese Fondue

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min (includes rising times)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 12 pretzels



Cambozola Cheese Fondue:


  1. For the pretzels: Whisk the warm water, yeast and pinch of sugar together in a small bowl and let bloom for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add both flours, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, kosher salt, eggs and yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and mix on low speed to combine. Then, with the mixer running, add 4 tablespoons of the melted butter and knead on medium speed until the dough comes together and is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, add the dough and coat the top of the dough with a little more oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces, each about 3 ounces. Using your hands, roll each piece into an 18-inch rope. Form a U shape with each rope and twist the ends together twice; bring the twisted ends up to the top of the U and press each section of the twist onto either side of the U to create the pretzel shape and press down on the ends lightly so they stick. Transfer the pretzels to the prepared baking sheets and let rise for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Slide the parchment paper with the pretzels on them to a work surface near the stove. Line the 2 rimmed baking sheets with fresh parchment paper.
  6. Fill a large pot with water, add the baking soda and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Lower the heat so the water is very gently simmering and, using a slotted spoon or spider, add 2 or 3 pretzels and boil for 30 seconds, flipping them once. Do not overcrowd the pot. Transfer each pretzel to a prepared baking sheet, 6 pretzels on each, brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake until the pretzels are deep golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. For the fondue: Combine the cream and cornstarch in a small pot over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the honey. Then add the cheese a bit at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Continue whisking until the fondue is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve warm with the pretzels.

Cook’s Note

If using instant yeast, you don't need to bloom the yeast with water prior to using.