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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Perfect Garlic Knots

I've missed some days not blogging lately. I've been chasing the dragon, trying to crochet the perfect sun hat for my upcoming vacation because I can't find one I like well enough to buy from any store. I pulled my old stash of hemp from college jewelry braiding days to try and crochet with. So far, so-so. When/if I achieve my feat, that'll be my next crocheting post!

back to baking...



I came up this recipe last week, and have been meaning to type it up. I'm really excited about these garlic knots, because not only are they totally scrumptious but it's truly easier-than-you-think baking! The inspiration for this recipe comes from basic pizza crust, which in and of itself is delicious! It's the only way my family eats pizza nowadays. So easy and delicious, I never buy frozen any more.

Garlic Knot Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Garlic Butter Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (I buy mine in a jar: fresh garlic = too much work!)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes


Preparation:


Mix the yeast and water right in the measuring cup. Make sure the water is very warm. Stir to combine and leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in your mixer combine all remaining dry ingredients, using the paddle. Yes, it's dough, but we don't need the dough hook. It doesn't work-well trust me I've tried! This is going to be soft, delicate dough.

Once combined, drizzle in on low speed, the olive oil. Mix until well incorporated. When it's time, add the yeast water, stirring it once more before adding. Mix just until the ingredients are all combined and a soft, sticky dough forms.

Next spray a bowl with non-stick cooking spray, and coat your hands in a bit of olive oil. Take the dough, gently form a ball and rub it with more olive oil. Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit out on the counter for at least one hour. If you are making ahead, refrigerate it overnight. It should keep up two to three days but who can wait that long for delicious garlicy goodness?

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. When you're ready to make knots, divide the dough in half. I use a pizza cutter and parchment paper for this part, it works great! Lay out a sheet of parchment and working with the first half of the dough, mold with your oiled hands a rectangle roughly 1/2" thick, and 6" x 15". Sprinkle flour over the dough and then slice into 1" strips. Flip them individually and flour the other side as well.

...then tie some knots!


Take each strip and gently tie it in a knot. It doesn't have to be perfect, just have fun with the dough! Place on a baking sheet at least one inch apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until just turning golden. While they're baking whip up the easy garlic butter. Then prep the other half of the dough in the same manner. Combine the garlic butter ingredients into a mini-blender, chopper or food processor and pulse until the garlic bits are very small and all is well mixed. I used my baby food maker (basically a glorified mini-blender) for this part. But I think any chopping appliance will do. If you don't have one, You could crush the garlic or even leave it minced as is. Brush onto warm rolls and then try to restrain yourself. Good luck! I ate two before serving to my family with dinner!
 

Recipe yields approximately 20 rolls. I hope you enjoy and use this recipe to try to incorporate more baking into your meal routines. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I created this recipe on the fly one afternoon just making a regular dinner and I wasn't even sure they'd be good! But they turned out so yummy I could not wait to make it again to share it! Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions about this recipe.

Keep it Yummy! xo- Kip


What were the yummiest garlic knots you've eaten at a restaurant?

Now you can make them at home! Aren't you excited!?