Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oatmeal Knots

As regular readers know, I love baking. But it's not exactly healthy to constantly have cookies, cakes, scones, etc hanging around the house. So I've started to delve more into bread making. And so far am loving it. I could happily eat a yummy piece of bread or a roll instead of a muffin for a snack. And these oatmeal knots were really yummy. They were so soft, slightly sweet, and while made with 2/3 whole wheat flour, they don't taste like it. I also love how they look! Such a cute little knot.

Working with the dough on the other hand was really aggravating. It was the stickiest dough, and sticky doughs are one reason I've avoided bread making. There was no way I could've hand kneaded this. I guess I could've added a bunch of extra flour? But I opted to just throw it in my Kitchenaid for a while, and then when it came to cutting up the dough and rolling it out, I dusted it in flour first. I thought I had done a pretty heavy flour dusting but it didn't seem to impact the final product in a negative way at all. I will definitely make these again. They freeze really well too!

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Cheddar & Dill Beer Bread Rolls
Garlic Rolls
Soft Pretzels
Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal Knots
Adapted from Cooking Light January 2008

I sprinkled oats and sesame seeds on the rolls but the recipe suggests you also sprinkle poppy seeds. And I opted to not use an egg wash, and instead just used water to get the oats/seeds to stick. Next time I'd like to try using more whole wheat flour.

1 cup regular oats
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter (Ashley note: Next time I'll try oil.)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups boiling water
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/3 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
3 cups whole wheat flour (about 14 1/4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces), divided
Cooking spray or oil
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 tablespoon regular oats
1 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and add 2 cups boiling water, stirring until well blended. Cool to room temperature. (Ashley note: This took about an hour for me.)

Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add yeast mixture to oats mixture; stir well. Stir in flaxseed meal.

Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour to oats mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky). (Ashley note: I kneaded the dough in my Kitchenaid but I can't remember for how long. I think a bit less than 8 minutes.)

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into the dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down, and let rest for 5 minutes.

Divide dough in half; cut each half into 12 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent from drying), shape each portion into an 8-inch rope. (Ashley note: If your dough was really sticky like mine, coat the ropes in flour before rolling them into ropes and shaping.) Tie each rope into a single knot; tuck top end of rope under bottom edge of roll. Place each roll on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Brush water over rolls. Combine 1 tablespoon oats, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds; sprinkle evenly over rolls. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.


Tanya said...

Wow, those look amazing! I might have to try. My next bread was going to be an oatmeal bread....but maybe I'll try these instead!

Ben said...

I love baking too and I agree that having cookies and cakes around the house is a good idea :D I wouldn't feel as guilty if I had this bread instead of a delicious tres leches cake, LOL. Beautiful!

Hannah said...

Now those are just beautiful! I'm so tempted to clear out my schedule in order to make these for a weekend get together... They seem like the most perfectly tasty, impressive thing you could bring to a casual party!

Grace said...

the only knots i've ever had were garlic knots, and they left the flavor of garlic in my mouth for over a day! i'd love to try these--lovely creation!

Snooky doodle said...

wow marvellous! these look great

Anonymous said...

Those look so good! I need to get back to baking!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

As the weather cools down it's definitely time for more bread baking. I'll put these lovely knots in my bread queue. If you do try it with more whole wheat flour, let me know how they turn out, please!

Bellini Valli said...

I do love Cooking Light so these would have to fit inh with our "light" lifestyle.

Deborah said...

I tend to bake more bread in the cooler months, and now that fall is right around the corner, I can't wait to try these!

HoneyB said...

These look awesome! AND its Cooking Light. Great site here, I look forward to reading more.

Steph said...

I've been baking more bread lately too. As much as I love desserts, it's dangerous to have them lying around all the time.

CookiePie said...

I love those knots! They look so great. LOVE baking bread!!

Vaala said...

Those look really good...and so pretty!

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aTxVegn said...

Wow, those are gorgeous!

Chef Fresco said...

Bread is my favorite thing to bake, for sure. I love this recipe, the knots are so cute & look delicious!