Sweet Rolls for Your Sweetie - Lemon Love Knots
My resolution for 2016 is to try different bread shaping techniques. Since February is the month the world celebrates love, I am going to share with you Lemon Love Knots which feature the technique for making knot shaped rolls.
Lemon Love Knots are a light, airy sweet-but-not-too-sweet roll. Sprinkling the roll with a light coating of sparkling white sugar just before baking results in a pleasantly crunchy topping. Lemon Love Knots are great for a continental breakfast or afternoon tea. The recipe can be found on King Arthur Flour's web site. Okay, let's tackle this shaping technique.
Shaping these rolls is fairly simple. After your dough has completed its first rise, turn it out onto a lightly oiled surface. I like to use my silicone rolling mat for this because it makes clean up so easy. You need to divide your dough into 16 evenly sized balls. Using both hands, roll each dough ball out into a long strand. How do you do this? Starting at the center of the dough ball, push the dough back and forth with your hands while simultaneously applying gentle pressure. You also want to move your hands away from each other towards the ends of the strand. Your strand should be about 15 inches in length.
Here's the fun part. Working quickly, cross the left end of the strand over the right end to form a loop. Take the left end and pull it up through the loop. Tuck the tip of the left end back under the top of the loop ... like so.
Pull the right end up over the loop and down through the center hole. Lightly pinch the two ends together in the center of your roll. Voila! You've made a knot! Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
Arrange your knots on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover them and allow them to rise a second time while your oven preheats. Just before baking, brush each roll with an egg wash and sprinkle them lightly with sparkling sugar. The egg wash helps the sugar to adhere to the roll.
The egg wash will also help your rolls to brown up nicely ... like this. That wasn't so hard, was it? Really, you can do this!! Go on; give it a try!