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