Shavua Tov, my friends! This past Shabbat my friend hosted a beautiful Shabbat Kallah– that is the ladies’ gathering the Shabbat prior to a wedding, honoring the Kallah (bride). It’s always beautiful to share with the kallah (bride) on that Shabbat afternoon. My friend asked me for my recipe for garlic knots because on top of the Shabbat Kallah, she will also be hosting Sheva Berachot (seven days of celebration for the couple, corresponding to the seven blessings we say under the chuppah) for the couple this week. Thank G-d for simachot (joyous occasions) that keep us busy!
Garlic Challah knots are just a total crowd pleaser! Period. They are perfect for larger crowds like a big Shabbat or Sheva Berachot dinner. And yes, you must hide them from your kids, because by the time the crowd shows up, there won’t be any garlic knots left! Just take my word for it!
In addition, you will need the following ingredients. You will use about half of your dough above just for garlic knots (use the other half to braid your regular medium size challot):
12 garlic cloves finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
Once the dough has risen and you’ve done Hafrashat Challah (take the small portion of dough and made the blessing-instructions here) then you do the following:
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray.
Stir the garlic, parsley, olive oil, and salt together in a small bowl.
Cut the dough in half and roll it into a few 15 inch ropes. Cut the ropes into about 10 equal pieces. Gently roll and stretch each small piece into an 8 inch rope and then tie into a knot. Place the knots on prepared baking sheet.
Beat the egg with 1 tsp of water in a small bowl. Then, brush each knot with the egg mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Whisk the garlic mixture again and brush it on the knots with a pastry brush. Return the knots to the oven for an additional 8 minutes.
I would tell you that you can freeze these, making all the work so worth it, but I know you won’t have any left to freeze. :-) Delish!
Do you ever make garlic knots? Will you give these a try? Let me know if you do!
Have a great week!
All pictures by Yael for JLP