30 September 2010

58: Garlic Knots

The whole experience of baking your own bread is truly wonderful and enjoyable....I enjoyed it so much that I am seriously considering baking my own bread for sandwiches too. I found the recipe for garlic knots on Annie's blog. I was planning on making some soup and this was just perfect with it.

For the garlic knots, you will need:

For the dough,
3 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp instant yeast/ 2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1-1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup milk
1 cup lukewarm water

For the glaze:
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp dry parsley
1 Tbsp salt
Now to knead the dough, mix the dry ingredients first. If using active dry yeast, dissolve it in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Now mix the olive oil, milk, water and the yeast and knead the dough until the dough is soft and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled vessel and cover with a plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 1 hour. Then separate the dough into 10 balls.
 Roll each ball into a long strip and tie into a knot
Tuck the ends into the knot. Place parchment paper on a baking tray and place the knots on the tray. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise further for another 45 minutes. In the mean time prepare the glaze by melting the butter and adding finely chopped garlic, salt and parsley. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly spread the glaze over the knots. 
Bake the knots for 18-20 minutes until the knots are lightly browned. 
Enjoy the soft buttery goodness of the garlic knots with some hot soup.

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