Not too many things are better than homemade bread in my book, but homemade bread with a garlic butter glaze just might be. So, the decision to try these rolls was easy. Sadly, it wasn’t the best experience for me. I found this dough incredibly difficult to work with. It was very sticky and I had to add a lot of flour to make it manageable. The process of rolling the dough into the ropes was also sort of a pain and took more time than I’d like. The flavor of the knots was ok, but didn’t blow me away. Shane seemed to like them but I don’t think they were his favorite either. I’ve seen a number of other bloggers who really enjoyed this recipe so perhaps I’ll try it again eventually and have better luck!

Soft Garlic Knots
from Annie’s Eats

3 cups bread flour

1 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. instant yeast

1 ¼ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup milk

1 cup + 2 tbsp. lukewarm water


For the glaze:

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp. melted butter

½ tsp. Italian seasoning

To make the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil, milk and water. Mix until ingredients have formed a dough. Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.


Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 10 inch long rope and tie into a knot. Take the end lying underneath the knot and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center. Take the end lying over the knot and tuck it underneath and into the center. Transfer shaped rolls to a baking stone, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes, until puffy.


To make the glaze, finely mince the garlic or press it through a garlic press. Mix with the melted butter and Italian seasoning.


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Brush the glaze onto the shaped rolls. Bake until set and lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.