[Sourdough] Pumpkin Garlic Knots
adapted from neverhomemaker, who also makes another highly recommended variation that involves stuffing your knots with minced garlic, greens and brie. Yes!
If you don't have a baking stone, you can bake your loaves on a large sheet pan instead, which does not need to be preheated.
Servings: 12 knots
- 240 grams (1 cup) sourdough starter recently fed and bubbly
- 120 grams (1/2 cup) warm water
- 140 grams (1/2 cup) pureed pumpkin
- 20 grams (2 tablespoons) olive oil plus extra to coat when rising
- 14 grams (1 tablespoon) maple syrup
- 1 gram (~1 teaspoon) salt
- 180 grams (1 1/2 cups) unbleached bread flour
- 180 grams (1 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs
- 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan or other cheese
Mix sourdough starter, water, pumpkin, olive oil, and maple syrup in a large bowl, then stir in the flours and salt to form a shaggy dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead, adding flour as needed, until the dough feels elastic and less sticky. Lightly drizzle the dough with olive oil and place it into a large bowl or lidded container, rolling over each side to evenly coat the surface. Cover the container loosely with its lid, plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, and allow it to rise at room temperature or in a warm place for approximately 8 hours, give or take depending on your ambient temperature and activity of your starter, until roughly doubled in size.
When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 420 F, and place a baking stone on the middle rack if you have one. Prepare a surface for working with the dough by lightly dusting it with all-purpose or whole-wheat flour. Tear off small pieces of dough (about 1/4 cup size); dust them with flour and shape them first into a ball to tighten their surface tension, then roll into a rope shape 6-8 inches in length. Create a loop with the dough and push one end through it to form a knot shape. Place each knot onto a parchment-lined cutting board (or pizza peel, or other sturdy, rimless platter).
Open the oven and carefully slide the knots along with their parchment liner onto the baking stone and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. While they bake, prepare a topping by mixing the olive oil, salt, garlic, herbs and cheese in a large bowl. After baking, toss the rolls with the garlic oil before serving.