For the Garlic Butter: Crush the garlic pods to a coarse paste using a mortar and pestle.
In a bowl melt the butter and olive oil together over low flame.
Add the crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and let it steep well for at least an hour.
For the Bread Dough: In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt.
Add softened butter and rub with your finger tips till the mixture resembles like bread crumbs.
Heat the water till lukewarm. I microwaved at high for 1 minute and that heat would be perfect.
Make a well in the center and add the water.
Bring the flour from around the edges of the well and mix well till it forms a dough. It should not be sticky.
I did it with my hands but you can use your stand mixer to which the dough hooks are attached.
Knead the dough well for 5 mins.
Smear oil all over the dough and keep it covered in a bowl.
Let it rest for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
Gently punch the dough to let the air out and knead again for 2 to 3 mins.
Make small ping-pong sized balls from the dough.
Make sure that the balls are even in size and keep aside.
For the Pull Apart Rolls: To the Garlic butter, add 1/2 the quantity of grated cheese and mix well.
Add the dough balls to this butter and mix gently with your finger tips till all the balls are coated evenly with the garlic butter.
Take a 9 inch round pan and grease it well.
Arrange the balls all around the pan.
Pour the remaining garlic butter mixture all over the arranged balls.
Cover the pan with a lid and let it rise for 1 more hour.
I inverted a big dinner plate over the pan and my rolls took just 30 mins to double up in size.
Baking the Pull Apart Rolls: Preheat the oven 190 C or 375 F.
Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top of the rolls evenly.
Sprinkle chili flakes on top, if using.
Bake for 25 to 30 mins or till the bread looks golden brown on top.
Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls are ready.
Let the pan sit at room temperature for it cool down for 5 mins.
Invert the pan on to a plate.
Serve warm with any hot soup of your choice.