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Sourdough Surprises: Rolls (Garlic Knots)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Does this look like fried chicken to you? I took this to the office for a colleague's farewell tea and more than one person said they thought it was fried chicken. Huh?

They're garlic knots. I admit they're a lit-t-tle big for a snack but they make good-sized rolls for dinner. They're for this month's Sourdough Surprises.

Anyway, they're made with the 1:2:3 sourdough formula ~ one part leaven to two parts water to three parts flour by weight. It's easy to remember and always produces a good loaf. For these knots, the amounts were: 92g refreshed and very active leaven (at 80% hydration), 184g water, 276g all-purpose flour and a teaspoon of salt (which should be weighed so that it is around 4%, but I winged it this time).

Lately, I've been making cooking videos for work and made this one which I can probably use when I write about bread in the future ~ although before I put it up on YouTube, I will have to edit in new bread knots that don't look like fried chicken!

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The dough is bulked proofed in a square container so that when it is transferred to the work surface, I don't have to fiddle around with the shape too much (I learnt this from Paul Hollywood's recipe for ciabatta and watching the latest series/season of The Great British Bakeoff). Using a pizza cutter, I divide the dough into 11 strips (the last one was runty!), tie them in knots and bake them for around 25 minutes. I didn't let them get crusty or too brown on top or they wouldn't soak up the garlic-parsley dressing.



4 comments:

  1. Still chuckling over the "fried chicken" comment. Your garlic knots sound temptingly delicious and I appreciate the reminder of the 1:2:3 formula along with the square container hint.

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  2. I always use a square container for retarded rising because it fits snugly in the fridge, but it never occurred to me about the shape being easier to deal with! D'oh!

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  3. Your rolls definitely don't look like fried chicken. Thanks for the tip about the square container and for sharing your cooking video. Garlic knots are on my list for sure.

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  4. Fried chicken? That's beyond strange. Those knots look delicious and thanks for the square container tip. Going to have to remember that for my next batch.

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