garlicky butter knot pretzels

I found this recipe on Pinterest by a blogger named Jonathan Melendez.  His blog is called The Candid Appetite.   Like many others out there, I was instantly attracted by his beautiful pictures.  So I gave those little knots a try this afternoon.  

The outcome was not what I expected.  Actually, I was expecting a dozen of soft and fluffy bread rolls but when the knots were made, they seemed more like pretzels to me.  So I went back to the original recipe and read the entire blog post.  And that's when I realized that those little knots are indeed pretzels.  

Yeah, ummm, so that was a fun (and dumb) day.  But guess what, I know how to make pretzels now. Ha! :) 

These little garlicky and buttery knots are fairly easy to make.  If you love pretzels, then you'll not be disappointed by these knots.  

Like many other bread recipes, these are the essential ingredients.

Serving: 10-12 pretzels

Preparation Time: 1 hour 45 minutes - 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for the dough: 

3 cups white bread flour or all purpose flour

1 cup warm water

2.5 tsp dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt 

2-3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions for the dough: 

1) Mix water, yeast, and sugar.  Let sit for 5 minutes until the mixture starts foaming.

2) In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, oil, and the yeast mixture with a wooden spoon.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and start kneading by hands for 5 minutes.  

3) Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise for an hour.  

4) When the dough has doubled its size, punch it in the middle to release the extra air inside the dough. 

5) Transfer to the lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out a flat sheet.  

6) Cut into 10-12 strips and tie each strip into a knot.  

7) Place the knots 1-2 inches apart of each other on a baking sheet.  Place a plastic sheet on the baking tray and cover with the damp towel for 30-40 minutes.  Let the knots rise a bit more.  

8) Preheat oven at 190ºC, bake the knots for 20 minutes until they are golden brown.  

9) Brush the garlicky butter oil on each knot.  Sprinkle sea salt and grated cheese on top.  Serve whatever sauce you like with your pretzels.  

Knead the dough by hands on a lightly floured surface until the dough becomes smooth.  

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl then cover with a damp towel and let it rise for 1 hour.  

After an hour or so, the dough should have doubled its size.  Then punch it in the middle to release the extra air inside the dough.

After rolling out the dough to a flat sheet, cut the sheet into 10-12 strips.  

Ingredients for the garlicky butter coating: 

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tbsp sea salt for sprinkling

1 bunch chopped parsley

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with oil and butter on medium low heat, cook garlic for 3-4 minutes until golden.  Heat off. 

2) Add parsley and a pinch of salt to the cooked garlic.  

3) Brush the garlicky butter on each pretzel knot, sprinkle more salt and cheese on top of the pretzels.  

Brushing the garlic butter dressing and sprinkling sea salt and cheese on each knot.  

Garlicky butter pretzel knots :)