Friday, June 17, 2011

Garlic Knots

Where I grew up, there was this restaurant that made the best garlic knots. 

Have you heard of them? Not many people have.

I could eat an entire plateful. And so will you.

I'm sure Mr. Sweets just loves kissing me and my garlic breath!

Remember how geometry wasn't my strongest subject?

Point proven.

Ladies and Gentleman, I present Garlic Twisty Bread Things!

Hopefully yours will be aesthetically pleasing.

Mine? Well, they were just delish.

Recipe from here!

This recipe makes 40 garlic knots.  If you think 40 is too much, use part of the dough for garlic knots, the other part for pizza!

Dough Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups / 415ml Warm Water (115°F)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon  Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar (yum!)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 5 1/2 cups / 750g All-Purpose (Plain) Flour

Garlic Coating Ingredients:
  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 cloves Garlic, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian Parsley 
  •  Sea Salt to taste

~ Combine water, olive oil, sea salt, sugar, and active dry yeast in a large bowl. Mix to dissolve yeast.

~ Add the Flour and mix! I used my hands. Messy messy!! 

~ Cover with a tea towel, and set in a warm spot to proof until doubled in volume, about 1.5 hours. I put mine in the wasn't on, of course!

~ Catch up on one of those Lifetime movies...I love those. I always end up crying. Do you cry at Lifetime movies? No? Have you no heart?! Juuust kidding :) 

~ Once doubled, chill the dough for about 20 minutes

~ Put about 1/4 cup of flour in a little bowl 

~ Take the dough out of the fridge

~ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

~ Oil a large cutting board, a rolling pin, and your hands. 

~ Grab some dough and roll it out to a rectangle-ish shape, about 1/2" thick

~ Slice the rectangle with a pizza cutter in 1/2" slices

~ Rotate the cutting board so the slices are horizontal

~ Throw some flour all over them and the cutting board!

~ Roll the first strip back and forth to form a fake snake. Speaking of you remember Jake the Snake? That was so sad about Macho Man. Snap into a Slim Jim! 

~ Tie it into a knot! Like you do your shoes. Or a pretty ribbon. Or tie it into one of those twisty bread things, because I couldn't tie it into a knot!

~ Once you put your twisty bread things on the parchment paper, cover the baking sheet with a towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes

~ In the meantime, preheat your oven to 200C/400F

~ Take the towel off of the garlic knots and bake them for 12-15 minutes, or until golden

~ While the garlic knots/twisty bread things are baking, on a low heat, cook the oil, butter, and garlic in a saucepan. Then add the parsley at the end!

~ Once the garlic knots are done, brush them with the garlic coating!

~ Devour. Instantly. 

Smooches!! xoxo


Maureen said...

these garlic knots look YUMMY! Who wants to cut the batch in half? Just cook them and eat til you can't stand up. :)

Gerdy said...

Omg .... Mouth watering ;)) I won't share with anyone lol!!!

Michelle said...

Hahaha you both are so right!! :)