Monday, 16 July 2012

Garlic Bread

I love Garlic bread, and i'd be surprised if somebody here says that they don't!
Who doesn't love a nice piece of buttery, garlic-y bread !
And to take it to a next level, I made the french bread from scratch too ! :O
i know, i couldn't believe it myself :D
haha :D
You can definitely use ready made french bread if you don't want the hassle of  making one from scratch 
So down to the recipe
Ingredients: (for the bread) 
(this makes 1 large loaf of bread)
2 1/2 cup of Flour
1 tbsp of Yeast
2 tsp of Sugar
1/2 a tsp of Salt
1 cup of Warm Water
(for the garlic bread)
French bread sliced diagonally 
5-6 tbsp of Melted Butter
2-3 Large cloves of Garlic (Crushed)
a pinch of Salt (if you are using unsalted butter)
1/4 tsp of Black pepper
1/2 a tsp of Mixed Italian herbs (You can use any other herbs you like)
1/2 a cup of Cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)

Place warm water in a bowl, add sugar and yeast. 
Leave to bloom for 5-7 minutes
Than add all the flour and salt

Mix and knead to form a medium dough.
Leave to rise for an hour.

Look at this beautiful airy dough.
Punch it down (dont cringe, it will rise again).

Make the french bread shape and place it on a lightly grease baking sheet.
Place it in a COLD oven. than turn it on at 160 degree centigrade. 
Turn it on when u place the bread in.

Check after 25-30 minutes. It should be lightly brown on the bottom and on top.
Take it out and leave to cool.

Meanwhile mix together melted butter, black pepper, italian seasoning and garlic. Leave for 10 minutes for the flavors to blend together.

Cut the bread in diagonal slices.

Brush with generous amount of butter mixture

top it off with cheese. Sprinkle with a bit of oregano (totally optional)

Bake in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or till the cheese is melted.

Enjoy !!!!

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