Cheesy red pesto dough-knots

red pesto dough knots

Not quite a doughnut but every bit as good. These are so simple to make and perfect for picnics, lunchboxes and days out

Ingredients checklist


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°c (fan)

Step 2

In the measuring jug, combine the warm water and yeast. Stir and set to one side for 2-3 minutes to activate the yeast

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Pour in the yeast and water and stir them together with your hand to form a dough

Step 4

Sprinkle your worktop with a little flour and knead the dough until smooth, then return to the large mixing bowl, cover and leave in a warm place for at least 15 minutes to prove (this is where it will start to grow in size)

Step 5

Using your fist, knock the dough back (this means push the dough back down to its original size) and tip out onto a floured worksurface before rolling into a large rectangle shape (about 5mm thickness)

Step 6

Spread the red pesto on half of the rectangle, grate a thin layer of cheese on top and then fold the over half of the dough over the pesto and cheese

Step 7

Cut the dough into 1-inch wide strips, then, holding each end, twist and knot each one before placing onto a lined baking tray

Step 8

Bake for 15-20 mins until risen and evenly browned then remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, grate more cheese on top and serve

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