Rustic Pull Apart Garlic and Herb Butter Knots

by Daniel Michaels

My husband and daughters love bread.

I love it too, but cannot eat it because gluten just ties my stomach up in knots.

However, I still enjoy making bread for them. I find the activity calming to do so I do it on days when I need a little stress relief and something fun to do.

With that said I do cheat a bit and use my bread machine to make the butter dough that is needed to make these scrumptious herb and garlic pull apart rolls.

They aren’t exactly the healthiest, but they do pair well with just about any dish.

Ingredients Necessary for the Butter Dough

  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Packet of Fast Rising Yeast
  • ¼ Cup of Warm Water
  • 1 Farm Fresh (You can use store bought I just like farm fresh!)
  • ¾ Cup of Whole Warm Milk
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter

Directions for Making the Butter Dough Necessary for Making the Pull Apart Rolls

Now, again, I do not make my butter dough by hand.

I measure out all the ingredients and toss them into my bread machine, turn it onto the dough setting and allow the bread machine to do the work for me when it comes to creating the perfectly smooth butter dough ball which is needed to making the fluffy buttery herb and garlic pull apart rolls.

You can do the same, or you can mix all the ingredients by hand until you get a smooth not so sticky bounce back kind of dough ball. It’s all up to you.

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The bread machine usually takes about an hour to whip me up a butter dough ball.

If you do, do it by hand you have to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic like, which takes about a good 10 minutes, and then allow the dough to rest for about an hour.

Ingredients Necessary for Making the Herb and Garlic Pull Apart Rolls

  • Butter for Greasing
  • ½ Cup of Garlic Infused Butter ( You can get this from most grocery stores in the bakery isle, or you can make it yourself by combining roasted minced garlic and salted butter together.)
  • Teaspoon of Dried Parsley
  • ½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon of Onion Powder​

Directions for Making the Herb and Garlic Pull Apart Rolls

  1. Pour the butter dough out onto a floured surface and cut the dough into equal parts. I typically get about a dozen equal parts of dough.
  2. Then I take the cuts of dough and roll them into little dough balls and place them into a well buttered casserole dish.
  3. After, I allow the dough to rise for about an hour.
  4. Next, I pour melted garlic infused butter all over the top of the risen dough balls and sprinkle on the herbs and spices.
  5. Now it’s only placing the dish into the oven to bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown the centers of the rolls aren’t doughy.
  6. Next, I take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes, but they do taste best warm so served them up that way.
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Making the Pull Apart Herb and Garlic Rolls Gluten Free

If you do want to make some of these herb and garlic pull apart rolls, but need them gluten free just grab a couple gluten free pizza doughs for your local grocery store and use that instead.

Keep in mind the gluten free kind won’t be as fluffy and airy, but they will still taste yummy and wont twist that belly up in knots.

Some Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind

  1. You can serve these rolls up with marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, or pesto for a satisfyingly tasty appetizer.
  2. You can sprinkle freshly grated parmesan or asiago cheese onto the top of them after they are done baking to add some cheesy flavor, but we cannot do that in this household with our lactose intolerant family members. With that said, we do sometimes sprinkle on some brewers yeast, which adds some depth of cheesy flavor.
  3. If you have rolls left over store them in an airtight bag so they don’t become dried out and hard and you can use them later to make little ham, chicken, or egg salad sandwiches.

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