Here’s a update on my beautiful flowers … they are officially dead. It is extremely sad, but they were beautiful while they lasted!
So, I’m sure everyone has read my last post, I’m not going to lie, I was really sad last night after reading the comment. I’m not mad, I’m just really confused. I have no idea why she got so angry with me…
Anyway, what’s the best way to cheer up? Monopoly! It was Stephen’s idea :)
Like the nerds we are, we read the directions carefully … I found out that I’ve been playing it wrong for years.
Stephen won of course! I had the most properties, but Stephen bought a lot of houses to add to his properties which made me go bankrupt!
I think I only blogged once this week, which if you know me well, you know that’s odd. I’m usually blogging everyday with at least ten pictures per post! I love it :) — I honestly haven’t felt well this week, so that’s why there hasn’t been any updates! However, I am feeling much better today so I decided to make Garlic Knot Bread!
First what you do is add some random bread making stuff in a bowl … then you have to let your dough “proof” by setting it in the sun for one to three hours
Spread Olive Oil on your chopping board and half your dough.
Once your dough has proofed it will be like a big fluffy cloud
After halving your dough, roll it out into a rectangle
Then take a pizza cutter and slice your dough into 1/2″x5″ strips. I am obviously not a professional cook … my slices were too big (measuring isn’t really my thing) the knots still turned out really good, but next time I think I’ll go thinner with my slices.
After they are sliced, sprinkle all-purpose flour on them and tie each strip in a knot! Leave the knots sitting out to rise. Mine took another hour, but I think it is because they were too big!
After your knots have doubled in size, place them in your oven at 400 degrees
While your knots are baking (12-14 minutes or until golden brown) you can make your garlic coating! Throw all of this in a sauce pan…
And let it simmer!
BAM! Yummy garlic knots! I got this idea from Fuel Pizza. It’s this awesome pizza place in Charlotte. Stephen and I only went there a few times, but we really loved their garlic knots and Google was kind enough to help me find the recipe!
1 3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
approx. 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted better
4 cloves of garlic, finely crushed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
sea salt to taste
1. Combine water, 1/4c (55g) olive oil, sea salt, sugar, and active dry yeast in a large resealable container or bowl. Mix to dissolve yeast.
2. Add flour. Mix to incorporate flour, cover, and set in a warm spot to proof until doubled in volume(usually 1-3 hrs depending on initial water temp and warmth of proofing area). (A sunny table outside on a warm summer day is perfect for proofing!)
3. Chill the dough for a bit (will keep fine in fridge for several days if you want to make the dough ahead of time) to make it easier to handle (this can be skipped if you don’t have the time) then set up your knotting station. Put out a large wooden cutting board and oil liberally. Grab a rolling dowel or pin and oil. Grab a pizza cutter or something similar to slice dough in strips. Put container of flour within easy reach. Line several sheet pans with parchment paper or silpats and place within easy reach.
4. Oil your hands to help keep dough from sticking to them. Divide the dough in two parts to make it easier to handle. Take the first half, slap it onto the oiled board several times to flatten. Using the dowel, spread into an even rectangle approx. 5″x16″ and 1/2″ thick. Slice the rectangle into 1/2″x5″ strips.
5. Rotate the board 90° and sprinkle dough strips and board with flour. Taking the strip nearest to you, roll it back and forth to create an even rope. Tie into a knot (over, under, and through) and place on lined sheet pan. Place knots about an 1 1/2″ apart. At first it may seem awkward making the knots but with a little practice it will become easy. Flour is your friend to help keep the dough from sticking to itself while forming the knots.
6. Continue making the rest of the knots with the second half of the dough. After each sheet pan fills up, cover with a dry sack towel, and place in a warm, draft-free spot to rise.
Preheat oven to 400° F
7. After knots have doubled in size, take off dry sack towel and place sheet pans in the oven. Bake for approx. 12-15 min. or until golden.
8. While knots are baking, make garlic coating. Gently warm olive oil, butter, and garlic in a small saucepan (if you like your garlic with less of a bite, cook it for a few minutes in oil/butter mix until soft & slightly golden). Add chopped parsley and set aside.
9. After removing knots from oven, while still warm, either brush with garlic coating, or place knots in a large bowl and toss with garlic coating. Season with sea salt to taste.
Stephen liked them too! He’s making steaks tonight!
I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday :)
P.S. Thank you to everyone who was so kind to leave an encouraging comment! You guys really warmed my heart and I am extremely grateful. My love language is Words of Affirmation and I really feel loved by you all!