As I prepare to attend a free demo on sweet yeast breads with King Arthur Flour, I decided that I needed some experience with them! So, I chose a pretty basic recipe for Lemon Bowknots that starts with a simple dough and is dressed up with style and icing (yum!). This recipe can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Book of Baking. It brought in rave reviews with my kind taste testers last night.
Step 1: Gather ingredients (though, my real step one was clean the crazy messy kitchen!)
Step 2: Heat Milk, Butter, and Sugar over medium heat until butter is almost melted and temperature is about 120F.
Step 3: Mix half of the flour with the yeast, add in heated liquids and combine with your electric mixer on slow. Then mix on high for three minutes - this really starts the yeast working.
Step 4: Gently stir in lemon zest.
Step 5: Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Step 6: Knead 6 - 8 minutes - until dough forms a nice smooth ball (Isn't it amazing how this happens?):
Step 7: Place in an oiled bowl and cover to let rise.
The dough should double in about one hour.
Step 8: Pound down risen dough and split in half.
Step 9: Roll each half into approximately a 10 x 12 inch rectangle and cut into 1 inch wide strips. I found that my pizza cutter did this extremely well!
Step 10: Very gently tie each strip into a loose knot.
Step 11: Arrange knots on baking sheets about 3 inches apart. And bake at 375F for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 12: Let them cool on wire racks.
Step 13: Prepare icing, drizzle and enjoy!