Today I baked up some garlic bread knots. They are perfect with lasagna, spaghetti, or soup. I combined two garlic bread knot recipes, and I will put links to the websites where I found the recipes at the bottom of this post.
Garlic Bread Knots:
· 3/4 cup warm water (105°F-115°F)
· 1 package (2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast
· 1 3/4 cups bread flour
· 1 TBS olive oil
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon sugar
· ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
· 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (the Kraft kind in the green bottle is fine)
· 1 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1 teaspoon dried oregano
· 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir to combine and let sit for another 5-10 minutes, until it begins to froth a bit.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the olive oil, then the yeast-water mixture. Mix this together to form a soft dough and knead for 5-10 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and lightly coat with olive oil. Put it in a large bowl, top the bowl with plastic wrap and set it at room temperature to rise.
3. When the dough has doubled in size, anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours, cut it in half. Set out a large baking sheet and line it with a silpat or parchment paper. Take one half of the dough and cut it in half. Working with one piece at a time, flatten into a rough rectangle about 5 inches long 1/2 inch thick.
4. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into strips of about 1 inch wide by 5 inches long. Cut these strips in half. Take one piece and work it into a snake, then tie it in a knot. The dough will be sticky along the cut edges, so dust these with flour before you tie the knot. Set each knot down on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough. Remember that the dough will rise, so leave some space between each knot.
5. Once all the knots are tied, paint them with a little olive oil. Loosely cover them with plastic wrap and let them rise again until doubled in size, anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours or so. Toward the end of this rising period, preheat the oven to 400°.
6. Uncover the knots and bake in the oven 12-15 minutes, or until nicely browned on top.
7. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and brush over the warm knots.
8. Serve warm. Enjoy!
Note: I got these recipes from "http://www.funknfoodies.com/recipes/appetizers/easy-garlic-parmesan-knots-recipe/" and "http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/garlic_knots/"