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garlic knot bread

If you like garlic knots, then this giant garlic knot bread recipe is a must-make. It's like a king size version of a garlic knot.

baked loaf of garlic bread shaped into a braid

The bread itself, is pillow soft, but the creases have just the right amount of stretch and chew.

bowl of melted butter mixed with herbs and garlic powder

It gets slathered with garlic and herb butter before baking in the oven, so it gives the outer crusts a beautiful glow. Any extra drips fall into the creases where it bakes in, so not a drop gets lost.

uncooked garlic knot bread with butter brushed over it

This garlic knot bread is truly a show stopper! Try serving it with this easy and delicious Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.


📖 Recipe

Garlic Knot Bread

All the goodness of garlic knots, in an easy, giant sized braided bread loaf. 
4.50 from 12 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, garlic knots, homemade
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $1


For the bread dough:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 ¼ cups bread flour

For the garlic herb butter:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley basil, and oregano (to total one tablespoon) or similar mix.


  • Add all ingredients to bread machine and set to dough cycle (See below for by hand instructions). The dough needs to be forming a ball, not a batter. Add a touch more flour if necessary, or water if too dry.
  • (If kneading by hand, combine all ingredients, turn over onto a flour surface, and knead for 10 to 15 minutes, before greasing a large bowl, placing dough ball in it and covering to let rise in a warm area for 1 hour.)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Once the bread cycle is complete (or the first rise is complete in the bowl), invert dough onto a well floured area. Divide into 3 equal portions. Roll the portions into 12 inch long tubes. 
  • Press the top of the three strands together, and fold under to cover the crease, fanning the long sections out in a wide, triangular shape. Proceed to "braid" the bread. Once to the end, press them together and fold under similar to the top. 
  • Mix butter, salt, garlic powder and dried herbs together in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high 30-60 seconds, until melted. Brush half of the butter over entire braid.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap (don't trap the dough braid from rising) and allow to rise in a warm area again for 30-60 minutes for second rise. I like to do this on top of the oven while it preheats to speed the process along!
  • Remove the plastic wrap, stir the butter with the brush (reheat if it's solidified), and CAREFULLY brush the remaining garlic and herb butter over the risen bread loaf again, being careful not to apply to much pressure that you deflate the loaf.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. 


  1. Can be made by hand or in bread maker on dough cycle.
  2. Recipe is written for using instant yeast. But, if using active dry yeast, the yeast needs to be "proofed" by dissolving it for 5 minutes in the lukewarm water. Use the amount of water that the recipe calls for, heat to about 115 degrees F., stir in the yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until the surface becomes foamy, which means the yeast is activated. You can estimate this temperature by running your finger under hot water: you should be able to stand it for about 3 seconds- any hotter and you'll kill the yeast.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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Tuesday 19th of October 2021

I advise to ready the whole recipe before making this bread. Total prep time is inaccurate. As written this recipe states that the total prep time is 1 hour 30 minutes. That time doesn’t account for anything other than letting the dough proof. A more accurate detail would be as follows prep time: 20 minutes Total proof time 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours Bake time: 20-25 minutes

So time needed is actually between 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes. I will say even those numbers are conservative as it takes a bit more time between the first proof, cutting the dough into thirds, braiding the dough, and putting the melted butter mixture on top. You’re really looking at closer to 3 hours from start to finish.


Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi There, The time frame is an estimate and bread dough has a widely varying rise time. If it's summer time, hot and humid dough can rise twice as fast as in the cold winter. It can also cause a great change in time depending on if you put it by a drafty window or not. But I've heard of people turning on their oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, turning it off, then cracking the door with the dough rising in there. Supposedly this can dramatically decrease rise time! It also can make the time vary depending on your bread machine's dough cycle (or if you do it by hand). The total time listed at approximately 2 hours is just an average. If you like the recipe, you might try again and see if if the process goes more quickly?


Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi. Oh the bread look so delicious. Thank you for great recipes. What is the different between bread flour and white flour?


Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi Mira! Bread flour has more protein, and more stretch to the gluten strands, resulting in a chewier bite. It's really good for breads like this! But all purpose is great too. If you want more in depth info on it, check out this article from Bon Appetite.

celia hernandez

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Bread came out delicious and beautiful. The family loved it and it was very easy to make.


Thursday 3rd of February 2022

This dough was WAY too sticky to work with. Even after I gradually added in probably 1/3 Cup more of flour it was still too sticky to shape. What did I do wrong??? I eventually plopped it into a baking pan because I couldn't do anything with it :(


Monday 5th of April 2021

Celia, I'm so glad! Thank you!

Hannah joy

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

how do I make it without a bread machine?


Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Hi Hannah! Just combine the ingredients in a bowl, and knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for up to 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl, and set the dough in to rise for 60-90 minutes until doubled in size (covered).


Friday 26th of March 2021

The bread was amazing!! My friends and boyfriend loved it!! Thank you for the recipe!!


Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Yay! I'm so glad, thank you!