Super simple, divinely delicious with an old fashion technique and modern goodness!
Only 4 ingredients for the dough this is a simple and easy to make 2 part process. Each part only takes minutes before the fun begins of dipping and tying! After baking you end up with healthy, delicious, holiday treats!
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Step 1: Dough
1 cup natural leaven (sour dough start)
6 cups water
2 TB sea salt
13 - 16 cups whole grain flour, freshly ground, (soft white wheat berries)
Step 2: Get the Flour First!
To start with freshly ground flour you'll need a wheat grinding mill. I use the finest setting, because the finer the flour, the fluffier the bread!
Step 3: Mix Er Good!
Add leaven, water, salt, and half of needed flour to a bosch mixing bowl (or other large mixer) mix till it is a gooey paste consistency. Next, while mixing on low, add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from the sides. You'll know you have enough flour if it is just barely sticking to your fingers then releasing. Next knead the dough for 10 minutes on low. (You can also used a plain old fashioned bowl to mix and then knead by hand 15 minutes.)
Step 4: Watch It Grow!
Now let the dough rise overnight or for at least 10 hours at room temperature (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit is best, lower temp = longer time, higher temp = shorter time).
If you're not ready to use the dough right away store it in the fridge if it's a few hours till your ready to use it, or the freezer if it will be longer than that so the dough doesn't continue to sour.
Dough will rise during this time, so watch it grow awe natural!
Step 5: The Fun Begins!
Now to make the sweet yummy knots!
In a 9x 13 pyrex dish pour about 1 TB of melted butter, enough to coat the bottom and a thin layer of cinnamon sugar.
Melt butter over low heat. Pour it onto a plate for easy dipping of the dough. Add essential oils to the butter, if using.
Pour the sugar and cinnamon onto another plate.
Step 6: Dough Treatment
Form a ball of dough about the size of a very large grapefruit. Roll dough to 1 inch thick and rectangular 18 x 12 inches.
With a dough cutter (or knife) cut into 1 inch strips.
Step 7: Time to Shape Em!
Dip each strip into butter then cinnamon sugar, then tie it in a knot and place in a baking dish.
Step 8: Almost Time to Eat!
Allow them to rise for 1 - 2 hours until they are not quite double in size. Then bake at 350 for 35 - 45 minutes until firm on the outside and golden (not brown).
Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Then on a cookie sheet or plate turn the baking dish upside down and allow knots to fall out top on bottom.
Pull a part, bless, and enjoy!
You'll end up with a yummy treat for the whole family, my 1 year old loved them, though wouldn't smile on cue, and my 3 year old couldn't even look at the camera he was relishing so much in the yumminess!
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