Jan 1st, 2008
These rolls are a category winner in the most recent Cooking Light reader recipe contest. These contests are such pieces of Americana - you must incorporate a sponsor ingredient into your recipe. Ten ways to cook with Kr@ft Mir@cle Whip! But the sponsors for the Cooking Light contest are fairly innocuous (soy sauce, rolled oats, and canned tomatoes are a few examples) and the resulting recipes look pretty good.
And these Oatmeal Knots also taste pretty good! Actually they taste really good. They are made with whole grains and very little butter, but they don't taste heavy or spongy. The seeds on the outside provide a nice nutty crunch, and the insides are light, fluffy, and slightly sweet.
The recipe is a standard yeast bread recipe, with one step that I haven't seen before. To melt the honey and butter together with the oats you heat the water for the recipe to boiling and pour it over them. The dough was really wet and sticky for me, I had to add more than the additional 1/2 cup of flour mentioned to get it to stop sticking to my hands (and the counter, and the bowl, and anything else that wandered by). But it didn't seem to adversely affect the resulting texture.
Fashioning the knots was pretty easy, a lot like playing with Play-do, but mine spread out and didn't look a whole lot like knots after baking. It might work just as well to roll them into balls and bake together in a pan like rolls. I love the soft places where rolls merge together during baking and you have to pull them apart before eating. Yumm...
Oatmeal Knotsmakes 241 cup regular oats
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups boiling water
1 package dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
3 cups whole wheat flour (about 14 1/4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces), divided
1 tsp water
1 large egg
1 tbsp regular oats
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Combine the oats, honey, butter, and salt and pour the bowling water over the mixture. Stir until the butter melts and everything is combined. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile add 1/3 cup warm water to the yeast in a small bowl and let sit for five minutes. After five minutes add the flaxseed meal and then pour the yeast and flaxseed mixture into the oat mixture and stir.
Gradually add the whole wheat flour and one cup of the all-purpose flour to the mixture, stirring to incorporate. When all the flour is mixed in turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and add as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour (one tbsp at a time) as you need to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. It will still be a fairly sticky dough.
Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes) and form the dough into a ball. Place in an oiled bowl, turning to coat the top. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot for about an hour to allow the dough to double in size. When the dough has risen gently punch it down and return it to the lightly floured surface.
Cut the dough into two halves. Working with one half at a time, cut each half into twelve equal pieces. Prepare two oiled cookie sheets. Form each small piece into an 8-inch rope (by rubbing between your hands like making a playdough snake) and tie the rope into a knot. Place each knot on a cookie sheet. When all 24 knots have been created, cover the cookie sheets with oiled plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot for about 30 minutes and allow to rise until doubled in size.
While the oat knots are rising preheat the oven to 400°. When the knots are ready beat the egg and 1 tsp water in a small bowl and brush over the tops of the knots. Then sprinkle with the oats, poppy, and sesame seeds.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
-Melissa Hinrichs, Cooking Light Jan/Feb 2008