vegan garlic knots

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Ingredients (8)

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp active yeast
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups unbleached unenriched white flour
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

ever since my bout with a chest cold earlier this week i have been majorly craving garlic, and there’s a good reason why.

garlic is a natural antibiotic. after a few days of having whatever bug i caught floating around in my system, my body told my brain that i needed something to kill it off. i quickly responded by eating lots and lots of garlic, sometimes 2 or 3 heads a day. i’m feeling much better, but i probably don’t smell too great.

this recipe was blogged at http://sweetbeetandgreenbean.net along with lots of other vegan treats. check it out for the full post and more pictures!

Instructions

  1. 1in a large bowl mix the warm water, sugar, active yeast and basil. let sit for about 15 minutes until the mixture starts to froth at the surface.
  2. 2at this point add the oil and salt, slowly mix in the flour. eventually the dough will start to form a ball, flour your hands and lift the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. it should still be really soft but just dry enough not to stick to your hands.
  3. 3gently knead for about 5 minutes
  4. 4after kneading, oil your hands and a large bowl. lift up the ball of dough and pull the edges to one side and pinch them together. the opposite side should be smooth and even.
  5. 5lay the ball in the greased bowl with the smooth side up so it will rise evenly.
  6. 6cover with plastic wrap or a large plate and let rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes.
  7. 7the ball should double in size. you know it’s ready when you can stick 2 fingers in and they come out clean, leaving an indentation.
  8. 8take the dough out with greased hands and lay it on a cutting board. punch it down to get some of the air out of it.
  9. 9cut into evenly sized pieces and roll them out with floured hands to long, stringy pieces (about 4 inches). tie them in a knot and put on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  10. 10let rise a second time in a warm place for about 30 minutes. they should get slightly bigger.
  11. 11in a small bowl mix together the minced garlic, half of the olive oil and half of the earth balance. brush or spoon the mixture over the knots of dough before putting them in the oven.
  12. 12bake at 375F until the edges start to brown, about 15 minutes.
  13. 13when they come out brush them with the rest of the olive oil and earth balance mixed together and add salt on top. they taste absolutely amazing fresh out of the oven.
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