Friday, June 19, 2009

Garlic 'Knots'

I'm really looking for some feedback here! I received these rolls as part of a dinner brought to us after my little girl was born. I took one bite of them (okay-- maybe it was one look at them) and knew that I had to make them. They were incredible! I've already talked about my love for freshly baked bread, so the addition of fresh garlic to these rolls threw them far above and beyond anything else! Here's my problem. . . they are great looking 'rolls', but they are supposed to be knots! When they went into the oven, they looked like knots, but when they came out, they had completely spread into simple rolls. I am the first to admit that I am a novice bread baker. Can anyone help me out with a theory on what went wrong here? Again, the taste was still wonderful, but I was frustrated that my cute little knots melted away. Whether you decide to make these as knots, or rolls, just definitely make them! They are a wonderful addition to any meal!

Garlic Knots
For the dough:
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup milk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water

For the glaze:
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon 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 equal pieces (Amber says on her site that she got 8-9, Annie says 10). 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. (Amber has some really good pictures of these steps on her website.) 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. 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 (mine took closer to 20).

Source: Annie's Eats, originally posted on Amber's Delectable Delights


  1. I have no idea how to keep them knotted. I have never made rolls. They still look terrific!

  2. I think these look gorgeous! So yummy with the garlic!

  3. I make some really yummy dinner knot rolls and the only thing different I do is tie the dough rope in a knot and then tuck the ends underneath. I usually leave the knot pretty loose so it has room to rise in its shape. You can take a look at my rolls here-
    hope this helps!

  4. I have no idea on the knot thing. They still look fabulous and I want to try them. You may make these again in a week and the knot turn out fine without doing anything different. I have a lot of trouble with bread if it's really humid outside. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Garlic knots are so good! I've never made them so I can't help you here. I'm saving your recipe to try. These look delish!

  6. They were so good, Sarah...thanks for sharing them with Mom and I!

  7. I'm no help...but they look delicious!

  8. I am not much of a bread baker so I am no help but I must say, knots or rolls they look terrific to me!

  9. I have no advice as I am not a bread maker, but they still look darn good

  10. I've always wanted to make garlic knots but never have. These do look delicious depite their roll-like shape.

    Sorry I can't be of any help.

  11. These look great! I love bread and garlic...and together, wow! clue on the knotting, but they look great as rolls too.

  12. Delectable, my garlic rolls are on their second rise as I write this. I'll let you know how they turn out. I think they may be garlic balls LOL. We'll see.

  13. Katy-- please, do let me know!

    (Also, my name is Sarah!)

  14. I made these last night and they were a hit- everyone loved them! Thanks!

  15. I'm not enough of a baker to know what advice to give you, but I do know that I want my very own basket to eat!

  16. Oooh I love garlic knots! These look delicious :)