After totally forgetting about last month's What's Baking?, I knew I would definitely have to join in for April as our challenge was to bake with yeast! Lindsay, at Peace, Love and French Fries, is our host for this month!
While I am no stranger to yeast and working with it, sometimes it can be very temperamental! Cameron actually had asked for homemade bread and I decided to oblige him one day when I got off of work early. I love my boys and if they request something I definitely want to try to make what they want! (Now if I could only figure out a good way to make blue ice cream that Cole always wants!)
Soft Garlic Knots
recipe adapted from this recipe at Annie's Eats
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. instant yeast
1¼ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup milk
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. lukewarm water
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. melted butter
½ tsp. Italian seasoning
To make the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil, milk and water. Mix until ingredients have formed a dough. Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 10-inch long rope and tie into a knot. Take the end lying underneath the knot and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center. Take the end lying over the knot and tuck it underneath and into the center. Transfer shaped rolls to a baking stone, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes, until puffy.
To make the glaze, finely mince the garlic or press it through a garlic press. Mix with the melted butter and Italian seasoning.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Brush the glaze onto the shaped rolls. Bake until set and lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.