I'm in the middle of transitioning from Iphone pictures to my new DSLR so stay tuned....
But until then I give you Garlic Knots.
I used to have a love/hate relationship with baking bread....Love to eat it but hate to make it. Then a bread baker gave me a tip to always have your bread rise....Add sugar. Yeast loves sugar and feeds off it. Its like giving it a little jolt of caffeine.
My favorite bread has got to be the garlic knot...Its amazing....The ultimate guilty pleasure in the bread world. Because who wouldn't love to wallow in a garlic butter pool of wonder?
Here is my recipe....
3 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 package highly active yeast (If you are like me you need all the help you can get)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp of olive oil
Combine water, yeast and sugar. Let the yeast proof up (wait approx. 15-20 min) Add the olive oil and then the flour & salt. You can do this in a food processor or in a Kitchenaid Mixer with the dough hook....Or with the two hands God gave you....The choice is yours....If you use your hands make sure after you incorporate the dough to knead it until it feels smooth and elastic.
Remember playdough when you used to roll the dough to make snakes? Use this method with your dough. Take a 2-3 inch piece (depending how many and how big you want your knots) and roll out then make a single knot. Put on on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
1 stick of unsalted butter
5 large cloves of garlic (more or less is up to you....I make no judgements)
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp of chopped Italian Parsley
Saute butter and garlic until translucent....Pour over baked garlic knots. Garnish with chopped Italian parsley. And why not go crazy with some parmesean cheese? Yes.....