Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Garlic Bread - comfort food to go with anything

I find fresh bread food for the soul. Combine this with garlic that is one of the most warming ingredients and this is the perfect accompaniment to so many foods. This particular loaf I made on a damp early spring day and we enjoyed it with bowls of lasagne. The high butter content gives this loaf an extra softness and richness that is best enjoyed fresh. It is very simple with a bread machine but you could do this recipe by hand.

Joe's Garlic Bread
250g White bread flour
160ml Water (cold)
6g Instant yeast
1tsp Salt
5 Garlic cloves
1 Rosemary sprig
30g Butter

Add the water, yeast and flour to the bread machine and put on the shortest dough cycle (we use the pizza dough setting). Whilst that starts put the butter in a small pan and start it melting. Crush the garlic and add it, the salt and the rosemary to the butter. Gently fry it until the garlic colours. Drain half the butter into the bread mixture.
Once the first dough cycle has finished knock the dough back (we start the cycle again to let the bread machine do it for us). Turn it out into an oiled bread tin, squash down with your finger tips and drizzle over the remaining butter, garlic and rosemary. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for around 20 minutes.
This bread is best left for 15 minutes to cool a little before tucking in!


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