You know that delicious bread they serve at Italian restaurants or at pizzerias? This is it. It is so delicious without being overly garlicky or buttery. They are not that difficult to make, at all, they just take some time, as any other bread does. We had these one night that I planned on just making a simple pasta dish, so I had plenty of time to devote to these precious knots. It was my first time trying my hand at these and with the help of my Sous-Chef, Ethan, we had these completed in no time.
Source: White On Rice Couple
Ingredients for Dough:
1 3/4 cup of Warm Water
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 tablespoon of Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon of Active Dry Yeast
5 1/2 cups of Flour
Ingredients for Garlic Coating:
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
4 tablespoons of Butter
8 cloves of Garlic, minced
1/4 cup of Italian Parsley, finely chopped
First, combine the water, olive oil, sea salt , sugar, and yeast in a large bowl, if you are using your KitchenAid Mixer and dough hook, use this bowl. Mix lightly and let the yeast dissolve into the water, about 5 minutes.
Next, add the flour and incorporate well, by hand or by mixer with dough hook. Cover this with a towel and set in a warm spot. Let this rise for 3 hours, or until doubled in size. After this step you can freeze the dough or refrigerate the dough to make it easier to work with. This step is optional.
Now, use a large cutting board for this next part. Coat your cutting board with olive oil, liberally. Get your pans ready, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Now cover your hands in the oil.
Next, divide the dough in half. Slap one half down on the board, and roll it into a rectangle, 5 inches x 16 inches. Slice with a pizza cutter or very sharp knife into 1/2 inch x 5 inch strips. Sprinkle all of the dough strips with flour and roll each strip into a rope. Now tie it into a knot, this knot will not change in size through baking so make them tight knots. Continue until all of your dough is into knots. Putting each pan in a spot to rise while working on the others.
After the knots have doubled in size, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
While these knots are baking, make your garlic coating. In a saucepan combine the olive oil, butter, and garlic. Let this cook until the butter is melted and the garlic has softened and browned, be careful not to burn the garlic. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and stir in the parsley.
Finally, when the knots come out of the oven, brush them with the coating immediately or toss them in the bowl.
The Barbee Housewife