Freshly baked rolls are definitely one of my favorite foods. Well, any form of freshly baked bread actually. My favorite homemade rolls have always been honey yeast rolls, but these soft garlic knots certainly give them a run for their money.
Light, fluffy and full of garlic, these rolls would be perfect with your favorite soup or stew. Or, even as a delicious substitute for garlic bread with your next pasta dinner. We recently had these with Italian Wedding soup, and I plan on making them again this week to have with a big batch of chicken chili.
Soft Garlic Knots
- For the dough:
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. instant yeast
- 1¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. lukewarm water
- For the glaze:
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- ½ tsp. 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.
To shape the rolls, divide the dough into 10-12 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. (Click here for step-by-step photos of shaping the rolls)
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. Let cool slightly before serving.