Garlic Knots

Well, it finally happened.

I wasn’t sure when it would happen, but I knew it would be soon. I just didn’t think it would be this soon. And by that I mean it happened last night.

The posse and I were standing in Michael’s picking up art supplies (for Sabrina) and perusing the baking section (for me) when all of a sudden, Sabrina slowly turned around, stood stock still, eyes widened to the limit…and exclaimed (quite loudly) “Is that Christmas music I hear? Why are they playing Christmas music now? Halloween was just last week! Who is in charge of this place? I demand to see someone! This is just wrong!”

Have I ever mentioned she is an extreme type A personality?

Before she attracted any more attention, I did what any good mother would do…….I turned her towards the Christmas section and distracted her verbal tirade of the idiocy of Christmas music in November with a 5 foot tall light-up polar bear.

She likes loves wants to own a polar bear.

it was a close call I tell you…….

Garlic Knots – adapted from King Arthur Flour

3 cups bread flour
1 tbs. sugar
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
¼ cup milk
2 tbs. olive oil
1 cup plus 2 tbs. lukewarm water

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the dry ingredients together, then add the milk, olive oil and water. Mix on low speed (using the dough hook attachment) until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise  for about one hour, or until doubled in size.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces, and roll each piece into a rope about 10 inches long. Tie each rope into a knot, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for another hour, until the knots have risen.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the garlic sauce. Serve warm.

Garlic Sauce:

4 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup olive oil
optional: add fresh black pepper, and a teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning blend.

Combine the garlic and oil in a small saucepan, and cook on low heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and drizzle onto the cooked knots.


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