Who doesn’t love a garlic knot? Little knots of freshly baked bread brushed generously with buttery garlic sauce??? Sign me up.
Traditionally found at pizzerias, garlic knots are easy and fun to make at home. Put your yeast-bread fears aside and give these
naughty knotty little rolls a chance.
Whole Wheat Garlic Knots
These knots use a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flours for a balance of nutty taste and pillowy softness. Great dipped into warmed marinara sauce or scooped into your favorite pasta dish, you’ll love these little rolls with a garlicky punch!
For the bread:
- 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
- 1 packet active dry yeast (1/4 oz.)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Dissolve yeast and honey into warm water. Let sit until very foamy, about 10 minutes. (If your yeast does not foam, it is inactive and you will need to start over).
- In a large bowl, sift whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Create a well in the middle.
- Pour the yeasty water into the well and then drizzle in 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Using a fork or your hands, combine the wet and dry ingredients.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 5 minutes until smooth and no longer sticky. Dough should feel soft and smooth. Form into a ball.
- Coat a large bowl with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and place dough inside, turning to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free spot. I like to use the turned-off oven for this step. Let rise for at least one hour until doubled in size.
- When dough is doubled in size, punch down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a large rectangle, about 10 X 15 inches. Using a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle in half, lengthwise. Cut each portion into strips, about 3/4″ wide. Tie each strip into a knot. You may tuck the ends in, or leave them hanging like a knot in a shoelace.
- After you have formed all of the knots, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Let rest in a draft-free place for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400F. (Make sure your bread is not resting in there!) When dough is fully rested, place the knots into the oven and bake 9-10 minutes (…for a small knot. Increase the time by a few minutes if yours are larger).
- While knots are baking, prepare the Garlic-Basil Spread (Recipe Below). While still hot, spread with the garlic mixture or toss it all into a large bowl and get dirrrrrty. Whichever you prefer.
- 5 Tbsp. Earth Balance or butter
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- salt, to taste (optional)
- Melt the Earth Balance (or butter), garlic, and salt (if using) in a small saucepan over low heat until fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Brush onto knots using a pastry brush, or pour into a large bowl, add knots, and toss to coat.