Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Modern Baker: Rosemary Olive Knots

For the bread section of The Modern Baker Challenge, I chose to tackle the Rosemary Olive Knots. Nick Malgieri uses a food processor to combine his dough ingredients. I only have a little mini prep and it wouldn't hold the volume of flour needed. Instead, I used my KitchenAid mixer, which worked just fine. The dough came together quite quickly and easily.
It was a beautiful warm summer day and dough doubled beautifully. I patted it into a rectangle and then folded it as instructed to move it to my baking sheet for chilling.
One reason I was so excited about this recipe is because it was the first time I was able to use my new rosemary herb plant. I plucked the rosemary leaves myself. I used Kalamata olives and did a rough chop on them. The larger chunks made tying the knots a bit more difficult, but I liked the larger chunks of olive in the baked knots. 
I spread the filling on the bottom half of the chilled dough, folded the top half over, and used a pizza wheel to cut the strips. My baking sheet has a lip around the edge and this made cutting each strip a bit difficult as the wheel couldn't get all the way to the edge. Next time I'll either use a baking sheet with no lip or a cutting board so I can avoid this problem.
Tying each strip into a knot is as simple as that, although it did take some practice. My first couple were a bit sloppy. Again, the larger chunks of olive impeded the knot tying, but boy were they yummy in the finished knot. Do make sure to chill the dough. Even though I got better was I went, the dough was warming up and it was harder to handle.
I set them on baking sheets, let rise again, and popped them in the oven.
They baked up beautifully and the house smelled incredible with rosemary and bread in the oven. These knots do take at least three hours with 1 hour for rise, 1 hour for chilling, and a second hour for rising, but they are worth it! Scrumptious is the word! I made these for a dinner party and one of the guests didn't have room for dessert because he kept going back for more knots. Four adults ate ten in one evening and then my husband and I finished off the last two for breakfast the next morning. I was so sad they were gone I almost made a second batch later that day. These will a be definite repeat in our house.

4 comments:

  1. Good to know that these are repeat-worthy! They look really delicious. I am up at Purdue University with Matt for the USA Swimming Sectionals this week so nothing happening in my kitchen at all...but it's such fun to happen by and see what's happening in yours! Great post.

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  2. My, these are absolutely fabulous. They're getting me ready for the Breads section- I know, I know, I'm already behind!

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  3. These look amazing! Can't wait to make them!

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  4. I love the step-by-step photos. They look delicious! And what a great addition to a dinner party, very ambitious of you. I don't know if I could pull off baking bread and throwing a dinner party the same day.

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