Homemade Garlic bread – The Olive garden style


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Is there anyone who doesn’t like garlic bread?. I don’t think so. Okay, maybe a teeny tiny population. But there is truly something about this which makes it so irresistible. How many of you go to olive garden for their bread or red lobster for their famous cheddar bay biscuits. I do and I am so much in love with both.

If you like baking bread then this is easy and if you have a stand mixer then making this is a breeze. I inaugurated my kitchen aid mixer with  our favorite garlic bread. Yes, I finally got one after a year of blogging. Why so late?. I tend not to use things after I get them. Like, I would go for my yoga regularly, but after I got my yoga mat, I  went only once, same thing with my waffle maker which I have used exactly twice and needless to say about the juicer, which was consuming my kitchen space, and  is finally resting in our garage shelf. So I thought, I will get a stand mixer, only if I am persistent with my baking and when I absolutely need one. 

Past few years, I have used my hand mixer for cakes and cupcakes, a whisk and and wooden spoon, and my hands for kneading. Sometimes, that works better, since you don’t tend to over mix the ingredients, resulting in a cracked or dense baked goods. During my vacation in India, because of lack of baking tools, I have used my hands for mixing cakes, and the cake turned out just the way it would with a machine.

Kneading roti dough and bread dough are similar. So I hope you folks give this a try.

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Some posts can take, for ever to compose, like this one, which needs detailed explanation and my fingers are too lazy to move, plus the gloomy weather is making me drowsy. Oh boy, I need a coffee badly.

I had one and now I am all set to go:)

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How do you know your bread has turned out good?. Tell it by the tiny holes. Taste definitely matters, but so does texture.

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In a bowl, which you will be using for mixing, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and stir the liquid. Let it rest for 10 minutes. I heated water in the microwave for 50 seconds.

The liquid will  start frothing. Once that happens, add salt and oil and stir well. Now add half of the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon or flat beater. Then attach a dough hook, and slowly add the remaining flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl.

The dough will be elastic and sticky but should be workable. Don’t try to add more flour as the bread could end up dry and dense. Coat the bowl and the dough with melted butter, cover the bowl and let this double in size. It will take anywhere from 1 to 1/2 hour or depending on the temperature indoors.

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Punch it down, knead lightly on a lightly floured surface. Flatten it out or roll into a log and divide into 12 equal portions. I flattened it out and divided but I figured, log is easier.

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With your hand, roll each portion into a rope about 9 inches long. Transfer to a tray with a non-stick mat and place the dough about 2 inches apart. Cover the dough and the rolled dough when working with the new ones or it will dry out.

Cover with a greased plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let it rise for another hour.

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The dough will double in size. Brush egg wash for golden brown color. Bake in the middle rack of preheated 400 Degrees Fahrenheit/205 Degrees Celsius oven for 11-14 minutes.  Brush with melted butter and garlic salt.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 12 garlic bread sticks

Total proofing time : 2 & 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (I heated water in the microwave for 50 seconds)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups (360 grams) and 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (Might vary by few tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter for greasing the bowl
  • TOPPING
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt or to taste (Can be substituted with garlic powder and salt)
  • dry cilantro (Optional)
  • Egg Wash
  • 1 Egg + 1 tablespoon water, beaten well

Instructions

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, add warm water + yeast + sugar. Mix and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture froths, stir in salt + vegetable oil. Add half the flour and with a flat beater, beat until the mixture incorporates well. Alternately you can use a wooden spoon or a spatula to mix.
  3. Now using a dough hook, add little flour at a time and knead till the dough is smooth and elastic and it comes off the sides. If not using a mixer, transfer onto a floured surface and knead for 6-10 minutes with your hands, gently pressing with the palm of your hands. Dough will be slightly sticky. Don't try to add more flour than needed or it will make the bread dense and dry.
  4. Coat the bowl and the dough with melted butter, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 1 and 1/2 hour and let it double in size.
  5. You know the dough has proofed well when you press it with your two fingers and the indentation remains. Punch it down, knead lightly on a lightly floured surface. Roll out and then divide into 12 portions.
  6. Take each piece and roll it on the surface into ropes about 9 inches long. Transfer onto a sheet with non-stick paper. Place the dough about 2 inches apart. Cover the dough with cloth or greased plastic wrap when you are working with other set.
  7. Cover and let it rest for another hour till the dough doubles. Brush the sticks well with egg wash and bake in the center rack of a preheated 400 Degree Fahrenheit or 205 Degrees Celsius oven for 11-14 minutes or till the top is golden brown. Transfer onto a wire rack.
  8. Mix butter + garlic salt and brush it on the fresh baked bread.
  9. Enjoy!
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