Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Soft Garlic Knots

I know I say it a lot, but YUM!  As I sit here staring at my computer screen, my mind is bit of a blank as far as creative writing goes.  So, I'm wondering if you trust me (and like me!) enough to take my word at how delicious these rolls are and go start a batch.  Right now.  So easy.  Fluffy and yeasty.  The garlic pushes these rolls over the top.  Yes, it takes a bit of extra time (but not that much!!), but rolls like these are why I no longer buy pre-made frozen garlic bread (and actually haven't bought frozen garlic bread consistently for quite some time now).  These rolls are the perfect pairing to soup, pasta, or if you're like my Brecken, they are a meal unto themselves!

Soft Garlic Knots
Source: Annie's Eats

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 (110 degrees)

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

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.

Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a 10-inch long rope and tie into a knot.  Take the end lying underneath the knot and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center.  Take the end lying over the knot and tuck it underneath and into the center.  Transfer shaped rolls to a baking stone, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes, until puffy.

To make the glaze, finely mince the garlic or press it through a garlic press.  Mix with the 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.

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