Homemade Garlic Knots

My family loves bread. Husband loves all bread types but he doesn’t like the really the crunchy kinds, which is my favorite so we balance well. I’ll eat the outer crust and he eats the doughy insides, since I’m not really a bread eater but I love crunchy things. haha Daughter loves garlic bread over all other types and eats more than she weighs every time I make it. Although I haven’t figured out if she likes the store bought or my homemade better, but once we officially start our homestead she’s going to have to accept the fact that I am making homemade almost exclusively.

Last night I made Homemade Garlic Knots for the first time and I must say that they were delicious! My oven is a little hotter than I am used to and for whatever reason I can’t figure it out until after I’ve cooked something just a little too long. So they came out a little crispy, but I like them that way! Now, I can’t say that I did it all alone. My brother-in-law has been staying with us and he is willing to help out if I need ask him. Sometimes I need an extra hand or two in the kitchen and my daughter is not always my most favorite helper.

These knots were a lot of fun but I will say that they were very time consuming! The dough has to rise for about 90 minutes, but I don’t think my house was warm enough because it took a little longer than that. Then there are a few more times that you set the dough aside to wait/rise. My favorite part was the actual knotting of the bread. I let my brother-in-law help me with this process but I wish I hadn’t because it was so fun.. hahaha

In writing this blog I realized that I forgot to add the parsley and garlic salt to my garlic and butter mixture and I forgot to sprinkle them with the Parmesan. You may be asking yourself how I did this, and once you realize how much I love cheese you’ll really be scratching your head… Now, I know that they say a great chef never forgets anything but my thoughts are that real people forget quite a lot. Add to that the fact that I’m a mom at the same time that I am a chef, I forget EVERYTHING!! However, just like I mentioned earlier, they still came out delicious!!

Here is the recipe that I tried to follow. I got this recipe off of Pinterest from this website: http://bakerbynature.com/homemade-garlic-knots/

Homemade Garlic Knots

For the dough:
3 & 3/4 cups bread flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water, 110 ­ 115 degrees (F)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
For the garlic coating:
1 stick unsalted butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 & 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

For the dough:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook add the bread flour, sugar, yeast and salt; gently whisk to combine. Turn mixer on low speed and add the warm water and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; beat until the dough forms a ball around the hook. If the dough is super sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
2. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place the bowl in a warm area to rise for 90 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Place each round of dough onto a piece plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes. Dust the top of each round of dough with a light sprinkling of flour and, using a sharp knife, slice each into quarters. Press each quarter into a rectangle, then slice in half again. You should have 16 pieces of dough. Dust each piece with a little flour and quickly shape into individual balls. Roll out each ball into a long rope then tie it into a knot. Place the knots on the prepared baking sheet, covered loosely with plastic wrap, and set aside for 30 minutes.The knots will rise a little more during this time.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). When the 30 minutes are up, remove the plastic wrap and place the garlic knots in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until knots are golden brown and firm.
5. Cool for 5 minutes, then brush the freshly baked knots with the garlic coating. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm!

For the garlic coating:
Melt the butter in a small pan over medium-­low heat. Add in the garlic and simmer for 1­2 minutes, or until fragrant (be sure not to over cook it here). Add in the parsley and garlic salt and stir to combine. Taste to season (add more salt, if needed), then remove from heat. Set aside until needed.

Notes for darker and more flavorful garlic knots: brush garlic coating on knots before and after baking.