for 30 servings
1 ⅓ cups (320 mL) warm water
1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
3 ½ cups (435 g) all-purpose flour
¼ cup (30 g) grated parmesan cheese, plus 2 tsp, divided
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
30 strips bacon
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped, for serving
marinara sauce, for serving
- Add the warm water to a medium bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit for 5 minutes, or until mixture is frothy.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Parmesan cheese, sugar, baking powder, salt, basil, and oregano.
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the yeast-water mixture. Mix with a rubber spatula until a ball of dough forms.
- Dump the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is springy.
- Grease the large bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Sprinkle a bit of flour over the dough then dump onto a clean surface. Tear the dough into 30 separate pieces, then roll into 6 inch (15-cm) long strips.
- Place a strip of bacon over each dough strip. Tie both together to form a knot.
- Place the knots on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and the bacon is crispy.
- In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, and remaining 2 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese.
- Brush the knots with the butter mixture and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with chopped parsley.
- Serve with marinara sauce alongside.