Thursday, January 7, 2016

Buttermilk Knots in an Hour!

Happy New Year! I trust you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends - I know we sure did! The crazy, happy chaos from the season's celebrating is just beginning to pass.....

I must admit that I'm one who appreciates the quiet parts of my life. I ADORE being up at 6am (Please note: I do NOT adore getting up at 6...). Once I'm up, I love being a part of  the peaceful darkness of the yet-unseen day. Usually, I spend time reading and praying, then I'm off for a brisk walk in the morning light. It's a great start to my usually-busy days! These moments give me space to consider the day ahead....or the year ahead, if it's January! I appreciate the quote I once read: "The quieter you become, the better you hear."  As I step into another new year, I am ever more keenly aware of the need to "hear" and to seek the wisdom and grace I know I'll need for whatever lies before me. May you, too,  find quiet space to "hear" in the days ahead! 

To help you find a little "quiet space", I'm sending along this speedy recipe. This will allow you to serve amazingly delicious rolls at your table at very little expense of your time! 

Super-Quick Buttermilk Knots!

1 packet/Tbsp. Red Star Platinum yeast
¾ Cup warm water
2/3 Cup buttermilk, warmed
4 Cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. softened butter 
Additional butter for brushing rolls after baking

Preheat oven to 170 F. Place warm water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. Remove dough from bucket onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 9x12” rectangle, about ½” thick. Cut 12 -1” strips. Roll each strip into a longer rope. Tie each rope into a knot and place on a baking sheet that is either parchment-lined or sprayed with cooking spray. Turn off the oven and place rolls in warmed oven for 20 minutes. Remove rolls from oven and turn oven to 375. When preheated, put rolls in oven and bake for 13-15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and brush with some melted butter (this will make the golden tone deepen, so don’t worry if they’re a little light when you pull them from the oven). Enjoy warm!  

Adapted from a recipe on "Picky Palate" 


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