February 10, 2009

Soft Garlic Knots (but wait... it's Tuesday!)

It's been raining all weekend. And you know what that does for meringue. Between that and my son's double ear infection, the lack of eggs in the house, and other excuses you've heard before, I have no floating islands for you to drool over today. Don't forget to check out the other bakers beautiful versions, though, and to try these rolls. They are quick, delicious, and fun. Even the yeast part (I promise it isn't scary!) Make sure you brush the final product with a little butter like I forgot to do. They'll look and taste even better! Come back later in the week for a giveaway, too.

Soft Garlic Knots

For the dough:
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. instant yeast
1 ¼ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup milk
1 cup + 2 tbsp. lukewarm water

For the glaze:
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. herbes de provence (or 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 12 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.

Adapted from Annie's Eats


  1. Mmmmmm...Garlic Knots!! I think I might enjoy these more than the floating islands! Hope your little one is feeling better.

  2. I want to try these! they have been on my list for a good while. I am glad you posted these today!

  3. Great looking knots! I'm all more about bread carbs than meringue myself. That and I just couldn't bring myself to use up all the eggs for something I didn't think my family would like. Sure look good on other's photos though!
    Will have to try these.

  4. Okay, so can I use unbleached all purpose flour? or wheat? Those look amazing!


  5. I would guess that most folks would love a one of your garlic knots. Even though I loved the floating island....kind of romantic french thing, ya know. You would too probably since you spent time there. Anywho, beautiful bread. Hope you froze some for that Valentine's dinner, maybe? They look delicious. Good Luck with those ears....hope he gets better and the sun comes out as well. See ya next week.

  6. Wow, these look great! The floating islands were an adventure, but the garlic knots look like the kind of thing I would make again and again. Those double ear infections are ROUGH -- I hope your little sweetie is on the mend!

  7. Gorgeous.

    I didn't make it either. My sons car broke down and he had to use mine, and I couldn't get to the store.

  8. I'll happily trade a floating islands post for a garlic knots post -- I bet I can make them just fine! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. My range is broken, so I didn't make any floating islands, either. I couldn't make anything! These garlic knots look great.

  10. The garlic knots look and sound delicous. YUM!

  11. These look easy and delicious! I hope your son starts feeling better soon!

  12. They do look tasty! I have a weakness for nice buns..
    Feb's Gourmet seems to have some nice roll recipes too.

  13. I've bookmarked garlic knots, but have yet to sit down and bake them. Yours look great. And with a double ear infection around, I can't believe you can get anything done. Those make the little ones miserable.

  14. I love garlic your knots look great can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Those look nice and soft! It must have been hard getting the shape so nice.

  16. This looks fantastic! Wish I had some of this for lunch!

  17. These Garlic Knots sounds like the perfect compagnion for my lasagna!!

  18. Mmmm! Anything with garlic for me!