Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Garlic Knots


I love bread so much that this blog probably should have been about bread instead of desserts. Lucky for me I can still write about bread on here and share it with all of you! None of you seem to mind, after all :). I used to bake bread each week out of necessity because of my sons soy intolerance and the price on bread without soy products. He can have soy now and so I've become lazy in my bread baking. I really should make it more often. If nothing else I will be making these more often because they are done within an hour!



We tend to eat a lot of spaghetti in this house and it's fun to play with that by adding sliced zucchini, onions, mushrooms, or whatever sounds good at the moment. But the bread really can make the meal. These are so easy it's worth the time it takes, even if it isn't that long for bread. I've seen recipes for garlic knots where they rise twice and the whole thing takes several hours. We love garlic a lot and buy it minced in the big jars, you know the ones. They are the ones you see in the store and say "who would eat all of that garlic!". Umm...it's us :). This recipe uses garlic powder though, or technically garlic salt. If you don't have garlic salt (like me) you can also mix together 2 parts salt to one part garlic powder and there. you. go. Yes, it is that easy :) Who knew...

I sort of forgot to sprinkle the parmesan cheese on these and they were still so delicious I'm posting them and telling you that you may want to try them with the parm. Maybe sprinkle half of them with the garlic and parm and half with just the garlic, if that's how you like it. That's what I would have done if I would have remembered. Even if you have the fear of the yeast this is a great starter recipe that is quick, easy, and doesn't even require a mixer. So go they them out and come back to let me know what you think. Happy Baking!


Garlic Knots

Ingredients:
- 1 ½ teaspoons yeast
- ¾ cup water (warm to the touch, about 105F-115F)
- 1 ¾ cups flour (I use bread flour)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Garlic salt (or 1 part garlic powder to 2 parts salt)
- Parmesan (if desired)
- Parsley (if desired)

Directions:
1. Mix together yeast and water, let sit for several minutes. If it doesn’t foam then it is old yeast and your dough probably will not rise.
2. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix until well blended. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400F. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 8 portions. Roll each portion out into a log 6-8” long. Form each log into a knot.
4. Melt butter and dip each knot into the butter then place on a sheet pan. Mix together garlic salt and parmesan, then sprinkle over the knots. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown, serve warm.


Printable recipe


Recipe adapted from Grateful Belly 

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