This is also a "two-fer" recipe. I am passing along a wonderful pizza dough recipe that I've had since I was in my 20's...when pizza making was the gourmet rage and then turning this into the most fantastic garlic knots.
Pizza Dough -
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Yellow cornmeal, for sprinkling the baking sheet
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, honey, and 1 tablespoon oil, stirring to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until the dough is smooth but still slightly sticky. You may not need all of the flour.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky, 3 to 5 minutes.
Oil a large mixing bowl with remaining olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1-1/4 hours.Alternately this makes dough for 1 (15-inch) pizza
Now for those yummy Garlic Knots!
While the pizza dough is rising and has about 30 minutes left, combine 1 stick of butter and 3 cloves of minced garlic in a small saucepan over low heat. Let them hang out together for about 20 minutes over low heat. Cover, turn off burner to keep warm.
Lightly grease 2 baking sheets and lightly sprinkle with corn meal. Set aside.
Grate 1/4 cup Percorino Romano cheese and chop 2 tablespoons of fresh flat leaf parsley and set aside.
Remove risen dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out into a large rectangle, about 16 by 12 inches. Brush the dough lightly with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches wide. Tie each strip loosely into a knot, stretching gently if necessary, and place on baking sheets about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle the tops of the knots with coarse sea salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Bake until golden brown and risen, about 20 minutes in a pre-heated 375 degree oven.
Transfer baked knots to a large mixing bowl. Pour garlic butter, cheese and parsley over hot knots and gently toss to evenly coat each knot. Serve immediately.