Thursday, March 19, 2009

Garlic Knots

This is some seriously good bread. Very soft, kind of flaky, just a little hint of sweet. Adding that garlic butter mixture on top is just gravy. This recipe was also very easy. I highly recommend it if you are looking to make your virgin jump into breadmaking!

3 c bread flour
1/4 c milk
1 T sugar
2 t instant yeast
1 1/4 t salt
2 T olive oil
1 c and 2 T lukewarm water

6-10 cloves garlic, peeled
4 T butter, melted

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix to combine.

Add the milk, oil and water. Use the paddle attachment or dough hook and mix and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, adding flour or water as needed.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise for at least an hour, longer if your kitchen is cold, until dough is doubled in size.

Put dough on a floured workspace. Divide into 16 pieces. Roll each into a rope about 10 inches long and follow these steps (a better explanation with pictures can be found here):

Step 1: - Tie each strip of dough into a knot.

Step 2: - Take the end that’s lying underneath, and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center.

Step 3: - Then take the end of the knot that’s lying on top, and tuck it underneath and into the center.

Place the knots onto a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and allow to rise for 45-90 minutes, until dough is puffy looking.

Preheat oven to 350, and bake for 15-18 minutes. Until only very lightly browned.

Make the glaze by chopping the garlic in a food processor with the melted butter. You can play with this ratio depending on how much you like garlic.

Remove knots from oven, and brush with the glaze. Enjoy!

Oh these are so very good. And so easy! I had never made homemade bread before and was a little scared but it really was so simple. Mr. ShoeFanatic literally could not stop eating them. We also had friends over when we made this and they left with the recipe. Definitely try these!


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