Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rosemary Garlic Soft Knots

I wanted to de-stress myself yesterday so I spent the whole afternoon (literally) in the kitchen.
hours were spent browsing through blog after blog looking for something to keep myself busy with til i finally settled with just two options 1. making Siopao and 2. my twist on Annie's garlic bread knots.

Patience indeed is a virtue and my impatience got the best of me. While going over the recipe for siopao I got lazy and impatient upon reading "let the dough rise and double its size for atleast an hour", i thought what the shiznits no way... i'll knead then wait, prepare the filling, knead again then steam before i can enjoy my food. NO WAY!!! My limit is an hour of waiting... which was what i read in the recipe for the soft knots only to learn later on that after that hour of waiting for the dough to rise, i'd still have to wait some 45 minutes more before i can put them in the oven... too late though as i read that part after i had gone to let the dough rest.

For the dough
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp. instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup milk
1 cup plus 2 tbsp warm water

1. in a mixer with paddle attachment, sift together all dry ingredients
2. create a well in the center and pour the oil, milk and water
3. mix until just well combined and the dough starts to form
4. change mixer attachment to dough hook and knead on low speed until elastic and smooth
about 7-8 minutes
5. transfer to an oiled bowl turning once to coat
6.cover with plastic wrap or towel and let rise or double in size for atleast an 1 hour
7. divide dough into 10 equal parts
8. roll into a log - around half an inch to an inch thick
9. tie into a knot, tuck the lower end up and the upper end down
10. let rest for atleast 45 minutes until puffy
11. glaze and bake at 350F for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned

For the glaze
3 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp italian seasoning 

tie into knots and tuck

do not disturb, let them sleep for 45 minutes under a warm blanket



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