Cinnamon & Sugar Knots

Cinnamon & Sugar Knots These cinnamon & sugar knots are perfect for me because I have a like/dislike relationship with cinnamon rolls. Sometimes they turn out perfectly, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they have just the right amount of bread/cinnamon/sugar ratio, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they’re too bready.  Sometimes I over bake them.  Sometimes they don’t raise.  And they seem to take me all day just to make them.  Which is why I haven’t for at least four years.

Which brings me to this: May I introduce you to Cinnamon & Sugar Knots.

What these little rolls lack in beauty, they make up for in flavor.  These babies are delicious!   The bread texture is a little denser and chewier than a traditional cinnamon roll because it’s a pizza dough instead of a bread dough and they take less time to make because they only go through one rising.  I love that they’re knots because they’re so easy to pull apart and eat.  And they’re super easy to make ~ dare I say, “foolproof?”

I found the recipe at foodnetwork.com and theirs look much prettier than mine because they spread the hot rolls with melted butter/cinnamon/sugar.  As directed, I used the remainder of the buttery spread on the knots after baking but I didn’t melt it, which when all is said and done, I’m actually glad that I didn’t because they ended up having more of the butter/cinnamon/sugar on them than they do in the foodnetwork photo.

They’re buttery and seasoned perfectly and I probably could have eaten about three warm ones if I had been alone. Good thing Brent was around!!!

Eat them warm out of the oven and then pop the leftovers in the freezer to be pulled out and thawed/warmed in the microwave for a delicious knot anytime you’re in the mood for one.  Think breakfast.  Think evening snack. Think casual dessert for company.

Cinnamon & Sugar Knots

Yield: 16-18 knots

Cinnamon & Sugar Knots

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe Simple Pizza Dough, recipe follows
  • 16 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Simple Pizza Dough
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (105-110 degrees)
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Directions

  1. Prepare the recipe for Simple Pizza Dough. After the dough rises, prepare the remaining ingredients for the cinnamon & sugar knots and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. (See instructions below the pizza dough instructions.)
  2. Simple Pizza Dough
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of the flour, salt, yeast, and sugar. Mix to combine.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the warm water and olive oil. With the mixer running, stream in the water/oil mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Switch to a dough hook attachment and continue mixing, adding up to one more cup of flour, if needed, so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes. (You should be able to touch the dough and not have it stick to your fingers.)
  6. After kneading, form the dough into a round ball and place it into a large bowl sprayed with nonstick spray. (I used my mixer bowl.)
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm area of your kitchen until it doubles in size, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  8. Making the knots
  9. Mix the butter with the sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Turn the risen dough out onto a floured surface. (I used a floured pastry cloth.)
  11. Stretch the dough into a rectangle.
  12. Spread half of the butter mixture on half of the dough, lengthwise.
  13. Then fold the dough in half, covering the butter mixture with the dough.
  14. Using a pizza wheel, divide the dough into 16-18 strips ~ first cut through the middle, then cut each half into 8 or 9 pieces.
  15. Stretch each strip and tie into a knot and tuck the ends underneath the center of the knot.
  16. Place the knots onto a baking sheet.
  17. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  18. Once the knots come out of the oven, baste with the remaining butter/cinnamon/sugar mixture (melted if desired).
  19. Move to a cooling rack.
  20. Serve warm and enjoy!
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/cinnamon-sugar-knots/

Use all of the dough to make about 16 knots or do what I did ~ make 8 cinnamon & sugar knots and 8 buttery garlic herb knots (come back tomorrow to get the recipe!).  Perfect!

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