Whether you're planning a brunch party or you got invited to an office potluck, these simple bacon knots are a crowd-pleaser. (Recipe Credit: Marc Matsumoto of Fresh Tastes.)
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Yield: Servings: 5 pieces
- 7.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cup)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
- 5 slices bacon
- 15 basil leaves (roughly chopped)
- 1 egg yolk (beaten, optional)
- Mix the flour, sugar, salt and yeast together in a bowl to combine.
- Add the water and knead until the dough forms a smooth, elastic ball (about 5 minutes).
- Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
- When the dough has risen, punch it down and then divide it into 5 even pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place on a non-stick surface such as parchment paper. Cover with a damp towel and leave in a warm place to rice for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a long piece.
- Fold the sides of the dough over towards the center to make a long rectangle and then roll out into a 8-inch x 4-inch rectangle.
- Place a piece of bacon in the center of the dough, trimming any excess bacon off and then sprinkle some basil on top.
- Fold the sides over the to the center and then pinch to seal the dough. Pinch the ends to entirely seal the bacon in.
- Transfer the log onto a parchment lined baking sheet and then use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to add 4 slices into the log at a 45-degree angle. You'll need to cut almost all the way through, in order to get a nice shape.
- Offset each segment of dough. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise for another 30 minutes in a warm place.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- If you want the bacon knots to be shiny, brush the tops of them with the beaten egg yolk.