|Buttery, soft and off the charts with garlic!|
These rolls really emphasize the flavor of the garlic in ways you can't imagine. The flavor is not at all harsh or acidic. It is not in the least bit offensive.. the taming of the garlic in the butter before mixing in the dough is really the secret to the ethereal and gorgeous flavor. And the crumb... oh dear, the crumb! This dough bakes up so soft, and has a delicate texture, a gorgeous chew - a bit like the tender dough in an Aunt Annie's pretzel (my very favorite!). These are too easy to bake up.. and takes so little time, I wished I had known about these before! Warning, however, the garlic essences will fill your house, your kitchen and you may just not be able to stop drooling!
Garlic Butter Bowknots
Makes 12 knots
10 garlic cloves, finely minced (You'll need about 3 full tablespoons of minced garlic)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup water , heated to 110 degrees
1 1/8 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
8-9 ounces all purpose flour (or 2 cups measured with the spoon and level method)
1 teaspoon table salt
Kosher flake salt for sprinkling on top.. or dried parmesan cheese
1. Before you begin cooking anything, warm your oven to about 200 degrees, then shut off the oven. Leave the door closed. Prepare a large mixing bowl by spraying it lightly with PAM, or rub with oil.
|The Garlic transforms from|
acidic and bitter, to golden,
roasted and ethereal
2. Next, make the garlic butter. Mince about 10 average size cloves of fresh garlic. You'll want at least 2-3 full TBS of minced garlic. In a sautee pan over medium low heat, melt 1 TBS of the butter and add 1 tsp of water. When butter is melted, add the garlic and stir continuously, coating the garlic with butter. Continue stirring and cooking for about 8-10 minutes or until the garlic takes on a straw coloring and the aroma is earthy. Add the remaining 5 TBS of butter and swirl to melt in pan. Allow this to cool for 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh strainer, pour the butter and the garlic solids through the strainer into a small bowl. Set aside the garlic solids - you'll want to add them to the dough. Set butter aside in a separate bowl.
|Proofing the dough.. see the garlic bits? Mmmmm!|
4. SHAPE KNOTS Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down dough gently on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into 12- by 6-inch rectangle and cut into twelve 6-inch strips. I found it easier to cut the dough in half. Next, cut each half of dough into an additional half and then cut each of those half sections into thirds. With flat hands, roll each strip into 12-inch ropes. Tie the rope into a basic, single knot. Then take one end of the dough and wrap it around and under the dough knot itself. Tuck in the tip and push it up through the middle so the tip is exposed. Take the other end of the dough and bring it OVER and tuck the end into the hole facing down. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and return to turned-off oven until doubled in size, about 20 minutes.
5. Prepare oven for baking by removing knots from oven and discarding the plastic. Heat oven to 500 degrees and your rack should be just above the middle. Bake rolls until just set, about 5 minutes. Remove knots from oven and brush each with about 2 tablespoons garlic butter. After brushing, sprinkle the rolls with a bit of kosher flake salt and dried parmesan cheese if you wish. Rotate the pan and return to oven, and bake until golden, about 5-6 minutes more. As soon as rolls come out of the oven, brush knots with remaining garlic butter and cool 5 minutes in the pan. Use all of the butter. Serve warm, right out of the oven. These are great to bake after your sauce and pasta are already cooked ahead of time.
|Warm and inviting.. makes a dozen!|
MAKE AHEAD Shaped knots can be refrigerated, covered, for 24 hours. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 200 degrees and turn off. Put knots in turned-off oven until doubled in size, about 20 minutes. Proceed with step 5.