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How to Shape Knotted Dinner Rolls

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The knotted dinner rolls in Peter Reinhart’s story may look like they were made by a professional baker, but they’re actually simple to make at home. Follow these steps to shaping the dough and your rolls will look just as beautiful as the ones the pros make.

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Step 1: Line two 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners and lightly mist them with vegetable oil spray.   Step 2: Using a bench knife, divide the dough into eighteen pieces (about 2-1/4 oz. each).


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Step 3: With your hands, roll one piece into a 12-inch-long rope. If the dough starts to stick, mist your work surface lightly with vegetable oil spray or wipe it with a damp towel. Don’t use flour.   Step 4: Wrap the dough around your fingers into a loose knot; there should be about 2 inches of dough free at each end.


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Step 5: Wrap the left end of the dough up and over the loop.   Step 6: Wrap the right end down and around the loop. Lightly squeeze the two ends of dough together in the center to secure them.


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Step 7: Gently squeeze the whole piece of dough into a nice rounded shape. Put the roll, pretty side up, on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Mist the top of the rolls with vegetable oil spray and cover loosely with plastic wrap.   Step 8: Let the rolls sit at room temperature until they just begin to swell, 30 minutes to 1 hour for room-temperature dough, 1 to 1-1/2 hours for refrigerated dough.


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  • Teresahn | 10/11/2014

    Excellent! this is very original. They look very tasty!

  • dioclaus | 04/19/2014

    Very good recipe, very tasty and original! Surely put into practice

  • NannasKitchen | 03/22/2014

    Will be sharing this recipe with my two daughters and sisters for SURE!

  • justjeana | 01/23/2012

    I made these "Buttery Knotted Dinner Rolls" very recently.In spite of my learning how to do the knot with soft dough they turned out beautifully shaped. They came out of the oven a delicious golden brown color and filled the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. They were a hit with family and guests. I will be making them for every special occasion. justjeana

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