Itty Bitty Garlic Pumpkin Knots

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 21, 2010

I think I caught the bread making bug. And I like it.


For years, I was scared of baking bread. I had a horrifying experience trying to make 100% whole grain spelt bread that came out flat as a pancake. I didn’t think I would ever recover from that and I assumed that I just wasn’t bread baker material. This week I realized that while there are some rules that you need to follow, it really isn’t that hard at all! Most of the work is ‘hands off’ while you are letting the dough rise and you can do other things, such as weird photoshoots in the woods or watching NCIS with your cat.


My next conquest was a Garlic Knot. I was a bit scared about making bread into knots, but it turned out to be so easy I almost laughed when I made them.

Repeat after me: I will put my bread making fears aside and give bread baking another chance.


Itty Bitty Herbed Garlic Pumpkin Knots with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Adapted from Neverhomemaker.


  • 1/2 cup very warm water
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (I used mixed basil, oregano, thyme, parsley)
  • 1 & 3/4 cups unbleached bread flour


Herbed garlic spread w/ Parmesan cheese:


Directions: In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients (flour, salt, yeast, dried herbs). In a smaller bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (syrup, pumpkin, olive oil). Once those are mixed quickly add in your very warm water and mix well. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir well. When the mixture becomes too dry to stir, place the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for 2-3 minutes until it comes together into a ball. You will need to add quite a bit of flour since the dough is quite sticky from the pumpkin. When the dough is no longer tacky to touch (but not dried out), place it into an oiled bowl with olive oil and gently cover the dough in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise for 2 hours.

After 1 and a half hours, grab your pizza stone if you have one, and preheat it in the oven at 450F. If you don’t have a pizza stone, grab a baking sheet and line it with a non-stick mat or parchment. If you are using a pizza stone, grab a Peel and sprinkle on cornmeal. After 2 hours, take your dough, punch out the air, and lay it on a floured surface. Gently press it out so that it forms a small rectangle and then take a pizza roller and cut strips approx. 1/2-3/4” width by 6-8 inches in length. You can make them any size you want though! I had to play around with it for a bit to see what I liked. Grab a strip and make it into a knot. You can tuck the ends back into the centre or leave them hanging (I left them hanging).

Place the knots onto the Peel OR onto the baking sheet. Once you have all your knots made, place into the oven at 450F for about 11-12 minutes until slightly golden on the top. Spread on the herbed garlic spread with a pastry brush or add all ingredients into a bowl and toss. Serve immediately. I didn’t have to tell you that right? Makes approx. 14 small knots. You can also double this recipe and freeze half of the dough for later.


A word about the pumpkin– I didn’t notice the taste in the knots. Next time I might leave it out or you can also try adding some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc to try and bring out the flavour a bit more.


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My favourite part!


Now let the yeast do the work and let it rise for 2 hours. Or five if you are like me (I got busy & distracted!).


Flatten the dough into a small rectangle and then cut into strips. Take a strip and simply tie into a knot. You are done! You can play around with how big you like them. I made some larger ones too, but I didn’t find they looked as cute as the itty bitty ones.

Bake at 450F for 11-12 minutes (that was on a pizza stone so I am not sure if the time will vary on a baking sheet). Note: Don’t spread on the garlic mixture until after it comes out of the oven.


The Herbed Garlic spread is out of this world. I highly suggest making it. The vegan parmesan cheese, Earth Balance, minced garlic, and herbs really made the knots come alive.


This was one of the first things I have made in a while where Eric did not mention anything about chocolate! Success.


What is your favourite kind of bread? Store bought and homemade…

I love multigrain bread with TONS of seeds on it, so that is certainly on my list to bake. I also would love to make a pumpernickel bread and make a homemade vegan spinach dip inside it. Mmmmm.

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Amy October 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Mmmmm… Bread! My favorite bread is Dave’s Killer Bread which is made here in Portland, OR. It is covered with tons of seeds and full of whole grains. But, like you, I really love making my own bread too. Here is a link to my most favorite homemade bread on my blog:


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Bread, oh my. I used to eat bread as a kid and when I was in my early 20s it became evident that gluten was not my friend. After going thru withdrawals and eliminating it, I havent missed it in the past 5 yrs…I never even buy (or make) GF bread. I do make lil GF muffins and stuff but ok, I lied, a really seedy, oatey, hearty, full-of-texture bread…that’s where it’s at. But most GF breads are just like bland cardboard. LOL. So I dont bother buying them…or making them….maybe I need to start!



Mary @ Fervent Foodie October 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

WOW Those look delicious!!!


Jamie @ Tearaveler October 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

My favorite is my family’s Honey-Molasses Whole Wheat Bread, made from scratch and the wheat is picked right from our own fields =). Sometimes we don’t grind the wheat up as much so it has a more grainy texture, mmmm!


amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hooooooly crap, those looks fantastic!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

oh my – how wonderful! I am ALL FOR homemade bread :)


Carla @ 32down15togo October 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Angela, they are so pretty! It makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one with a bread making fear. After some self-analysis, I have come to the conclusion that my fear is rooted in my mother always telling me how hard it is to “make good bread”. You’ve given me some confidence!



Meredith Lilly October 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I love homemade foccacia, raisin cinnamon, and wholewheat loaves. I grew up on 100% homemade bread and started baking it when I was little. I remember thinking store-bought toast looked so skinny and funny.

I buy bread now for everyday things, the dense seedy kind, but still bake for fun. I’ve got your dinner rolls that I adapted with some herb and garlic butter in the oven right now! Smells delish. I’ll have to try your new recipe too.


Cara Craves... October 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Those look so good…I am sure they pull apart and just melt in your mouth…Mmmm!
My fav. bread is anything grainy and wheaty…lots of fibre!
Whole wheat bread does not really exit here in Korea…saddest thing ever!!


Valerie C. October 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Omgosh…I’m still HORRIFIED of baking…but only because I can’t resist going back for seconds…and thirds…heck the whole batch!! ;)

Pretzels are cool…but Cinnamonbuns are were it’s at!!


jeannine October 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Hey Angela!
I’m a fairly new reader and I just tried these out for dinner, we were having pasta and meat balls so I thought they’d go well. It’s the first recipe of yours I’ve tried and… they were perfect and adorable and delicious and wonderful! I may have used more herbs in the dough than you did but… I’m kind of a fan of herbs… :)
Isn’t making bread so satisfying? I love when it rises successfully, and then punching it down is fun, and watching it get nice and golden in the oven. And of course nothing beats warm, freshly baked bread.
If you’re interested in baking more bread I’d suggest looking into the Tassajara Bread Book. It’s basically a really detailed, kind of hippie, bread bible. It’s how I started, and they’ve got some great recipes!
Anyway I really like your blog, and thanks for posting all these great recipes and health advice and inspiration and everything!


[email protected] October 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Yum! So cute. I love multigrain bread, dark rye and sourdough.


Susie October 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I make spelt, sprouted whole wheat with a little bit of Prairie Gold (hard white winter wheat), it is sooooooo good! I have made all my own bread for about 15 years now, I HATE store bread!!


Jolene ([email protected]) October 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Those are cute little knots!!!

I am so excited that you are going to FoodBuzz!!!! I am glad other Canadians will be there :-) When do you fly in?


Helen October 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love pumpernickle bread and I prefer homemade breads!! I have only recently started playing around with baking my own yeast breads. I usually would always just buy my breads from the bakery!


Kristy October 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

Are you kidding? If you didnt post pictures I would have had trouble beliving you! :-) These are the definition of EPIC!


Cynthia October 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Hi hi!…. well, this is actually my first comment on your blog even though I’ve following you for a long time…
Thank you so much for this recipe!
I just made it today and let me tell you… they did not stay in the tray for more than 2 hours!
I’ll post the pictures on my blog next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs from Norway!


[email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear October 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Yum, those knots look really good!


Alaina October 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I thought the original recipe, the one you posted, looked amazing, but the whole pumpkin and garlic idea totally freaked out my roommates so I adapted your recipe a bit…

I swapped the herbs and salt for a little sugar and pumpkin pie spice, the olive oil for canola oil, and added a little more pumpkin (and consequently, a little more flour). Then, instead of a garlic butter glaze, I went with a cinnamon and maple syrup sauce. Yummmmmm.

Thanks for the idea!


Halley (Blunder Construction) October 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Challah bread! That’s my favorite… but have never tried for fear of failing. How on earth to vegan-ize an egg bread? That might be a challenge suitable only for OSG herself.


Liana @ femme fraiche November 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

Rosemary ciabatta bread!!


Sara November 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Just got finished trialing these for Thanksgiving- okay, it is gloomy here and I just wanted some bread!–and these are amazing! My son and I almost polished off the whole batch! Wow, we’ll probably regret that later…but maybe not– they are THAT good.

My two choices for thanksgiving are these and your pull-apart ones. I can’t choose!! Help! :)


Lilly Sue April 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

These look so yummy! A very interesting combination :)


Dalia September 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

My girls and I just made a double batch and am waiting for the dough to rise. Was going to freeze half of the dough and then remembered that yeast doughs typically don’t freeze well. Have you tried to freeze the dough with success?


Michelle October 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hi Angela! Any or experience/success freezing these?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Michelle, I haven’t tried before, so I wouldn’t know what to expect. Let me know if you do try it!


Stephanie Henke November 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

Is there any way to freeze the dough so you can make these ahead? And/or if you can’t serve them immediately, what happens?


Katie November 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Do you think these could be frozen and made ahead of time for Thanksgiving? Thanks!


Ari November 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Hi Angela! These look amazing, but I was wondering what you would suggest to make them gluten-free? I’m unsure of what sort of gluten-free flour would work the best.

Thank you!


Thomas November 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Ari, I just tried Bob’s Red Mill Biscuit and Bread mix, and it kinda works… couldn’t really tie the knot, so to speak (very crumbly). I have an All-Purpose mix of his that I feel would do better based on some other experiments I’ve done today. The Yorkshire Puddings I made earlier with it were excellent. Hope that helps!


Susan December 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

Okay now you out-did yourself! I haven’t had this kind of flavor since being vegan- these were amazing. I didn’t think you could really taste the pumpkin either, but loved the color of them. We couldn’t find vegan parmesan cheese- but they were just as good without. One of my brothers thought they tasted like garlic hot pretzels! I will def make these again and again, so easy too! Thank you!!


Lauren October 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I was intimidated by this recipe because I have never made bread before, never mind knots BUT I am so glad I made these. It was super easy and amazing!! I’m not even embarrassed to say that we ate 10 between the two of us. They taste a hundred times better than regular garlic bread. No pumpkin taste but I’ll keep adding it for nutritional benefits. Thanks so much!!


Brigitte Gaudreault October 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

You are a breath of fresh air ! Your recipes are easy to read and great to eat !
Bonne appétit !!
Brigitte Gaudreault
Sherbrooke QUÉBEC,


Dani November 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

This looks great.Is it possible to make the dough a day before I want to actually bake it? If so how would I go about doing so?


Sue G. October 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Made these to go with lasagna for dinner. They were the hit of the party and unbelievably easy. I made the dough, covered it and stuck it right into the fridge for the night. The next day, I put them into my warming oven for 45 minutes and made the knots. This morning, I made the sweet version using pumpkin pie spice and covering them with cinnamon and turbinado sugar before baking. Again, a hit. Thanks so much.


Sabrina Leonard November 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

I’ve made these many times with great success! (Read: my guests and I all stuffing our faces and groaning with pleasure). However, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to take this show on the road…I’ve tried bringing the dough and knotting and baking them at my destination but the dough sank :( Also prepping them at home and baking them there didn’t really fly either. They’re SO good fresh from the oven! But how to share them away from home without doing all the steps in someone else’s kitchen? Stumped.


SpazV December 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

Hi Angela

Just found this recipe and you had me at three points.
1) Garlic
2) Pumpkin
3) Bread

My question is can I use whole wheat flour, I know it maybe more dense etc.
But maybe you can advise me at to what ratio white to whole wheat would work?

Thanks for sharing!


SpazV December 4, 2015 at 9:37 am

Hi Angela-

SpazV here again.
Didn’t want to assume, but will regular unbleached white flour work?
Will be using the combo of whole wheat and white if you think its gonna be fine.
Just wanted to confirm its NOT bread flour I’m gonna be using.

Thanks again!


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