Sunday, November 7, 2010

Garlic Knots

Mmm...yummy!  A perfect roll for Thanksgiving--are you thinking about Thanksgiving recipes yet?  I sure am!  These rolls have a wonderful flavor with the garlic topping but are so fluffy, soft, and tasty.  These are now one of my favorite rolls (the other one is this one).  This is a simple yeast recipe that would be perfect for beginners.  Just remember that making "breads" takes practice and the more you practice, the more familiar you will get with how the dough should feel.  So remember don't be afraid of yeast and practice, practice, practice!

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
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. melted butter
½ tsp. Italian seasoning

1.  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.
2.  Divide the dough into equal pieces (I made a double recipe but a single should do about 10).
3.  Roll each piece into a 10-inch long rope and tie into a knot.
4. Take the end lying underneath the knot and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center.
5.  Take the end lying over the knot and tuck it underneath and into the center.  Transfer all your knots to your baking pan and let rise for 45 minutes or until nearly doubled.  

6.  Mix topping ingredients in small bowl and using a pastry brush, spread over knots.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until light brown.  Let cool for a few minutes and serve.  Enjoy!

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