In anyone watching The American Baking Competition on CBS? I am obsessed! I love that there is finally a baking competition based on home bakers! I love the contestants, I love the judges, and I think Jeff Foxworthy makes an amazing host.
A few weeks ago on The American Baking Competition, the theme was bread. The contestants cranked out all types of bread, and I was inspired to get kneading myself! I decided to finally try making garlic knots, which have been on my wishlist for what seems like an eternity. The end result was phenomenal! Deliciously soft buns brushed with an amazing garlicky glaze. I only wish I hadn’t waited so long!
Oh, and I need your opinion- I’ve been toying with the idea of baking along with the contestants of The American Baking Competition. For example, we make pie if it’s pie week, or, we make napoleans for French pastry week. Next week is the finale, so maybe we can get this started next season. What do you think?
Yield: 1 Dozen Buns
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup milk, lukewarm
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water, lukewarm
For Garlic Glaze:
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. While stirring, add oil, milk, and water and stir until a cohesive dough is formed. Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto floured surface and divide into 12 pieces. Form knots by rolling each piece of dough into a 10-inch rope, tying a knot in the center, and pinching the ends together underneath.
Place each roll on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lightly cover, and allow the rolls to rise for approximately 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Brush the prepared glaze over the rolls.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.