Courtesy: Sara Graca
1 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup pureed fresh roasted pumpkin
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
3-1/2 cups bread flour
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves, chopped
For the dough: Pour the warm water (110 degrees Fahrenheit) into a medium bowl and whisk in the yeast. Let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the honey, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and pumpkin puree.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour in your wet ingredients.
Using a rubber spatula, pull all the ingredients together. When you can no longer mix, use your hands to start kneading the dough. Knead the dough until it comes together in a smooth and elastic ball, adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking.
Lightly oil another large bowl and put your dough ball inside it - flipping over once to coat both sides lightly with oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise for about 2 hours; or until nearly doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, put in a pizza stone (you may use a pan, too, but it works best with a stone), and divide the dough into two equal pieces. If you're planning to use the other half the next day, just put it in a large zip-lock bag and store in the fridge. You may also freeze the dough for up to three weeks.
To create the garlic knots: tear off sections of dough (2 tablespoons at a time) and roll them into six-inch-long snake shape. Tie that snake in a knot. Set aside and continue with the rest of the dough.
Once you've made all your knots, put them on your stone (or on your pan) and let bake until golden brown on the tops, about 10-15 minutes depending on size of knots.8. While the knots are baking, in a bowl mix together the 1/3 cup olive oil with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. When the knots are done, toss in the olive oil mixture to coat.
Photo: Sara Graca