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Drenched in garlic and butter, these soft rolls are even better than the ones you get at the pizza parlor. Step-by-step photos illustrating how to make these garlic knots are available at Flourish, our King Arthur blog.
3 1/4 cups (13 3/4 ounces) Mellow Pastry Blend or 3 cups (12 3/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (1 ounce) Baker's Special Dry Milk
3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) potato flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 tablespoons King Arthur Easy-Roll Dough Improver (optional)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons Pizza Dough Flavor
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) olive oil
1 cup (8 ounces) lukewarm water*
*Add an additional 2 tablespoons water in the winter, or if you live in a very dry climate.
2 to 6 cloves peeled, crushed garlic
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon Pizza Seasoning or Italian seasoning, optional
Dough: Whisk the dry ingredients together to prevent the potato flour from clumping when liquid is added. Stir in the olive oil and water, then mix and knead -- by hand, mixer, or bread machine -- to form a smooth, elastic dough, adding additional water or flour as needed. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and allow it to rise for about 1 hour, until it's doubled in bulk.
Shaping: Divide the dough into 16 pieces, and roll each into a rope about 11 inches long; tie each rope into a knot, tucking the loose ends into the center. Place the knots on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for 45 minutes to about an hour, until very puffy looking.
Glaze: Whisk together the melted butter and garlic. Set it aside.
Baking: Bake the knots in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes. They should be set, but only very lightly browned. Remove the knots from the oven, and brush or drizzle them with the garlic butter. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning, if desired. Eat the knots warm. Yield: 16 garlic knots.
Tip: For garlic knots with an extra crackly-crunchy crust, set a baking stone in the middle of your oven before preheating. Place the prepared knots on a piece of parchment, transfer them to the hot stone — either with the help of a large peel or an upside-down baking sheet — and bake and finish the knots according to the recipe instructions.