Friday, December 3, 2010

Garlic Knots

Photo by Meg McCluskey
I have probably mentioned this before, but one of my favorite blogs is annies-eats.com.  I am never disappointed with recipes from this site, and I highly recommend it.  Once such recipe is my garlic knots!  These knots are great with pizza, pasta, pretty much anything! 


Ingredients:For the dough:
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. instant yeast
1¼ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup milk
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. lukewarm water

For the glaze:
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. melted butter
½ tsp. Italian seasoning

Directions:

To make the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dry ingredients.  Add the olive oil, milk and water.  Mix until ingredients have formed a dough.  Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.  Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.

Next, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and tie the rope into a knot. Take the end on the bottom side of the knot, pull it up and tuck it into the center of the knot.  Similarly, take the end on the top part of the knot and tuck it under the bottom center portion of the knot.* Cover and let rise for 45 minutes (or until puffy).

To make the glaze, mince garlic and add it to melted butter and italian seasoning.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Brush the glaze onto the shaped rolls.  Bake until set and lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.**

Baker's Notes:
*Sometimes I had to add a little extra flour to the dough so that the ends wouldn't stick to itself when I was tying the knots. 

**About half way through the baking I brushed the knots again, which made a nice brown finish and added a bit more flavor. 



Source: Annie's Eats

Photo by Meg McCluskey

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