Sunday, 31 March 2013

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy garlic bread are fluffy, cheesy, soft and garlicky, a perfect combination to make an excellent side dish to accompany pizza, pasta, soup or risotto or can be a part of healthy snack in the evening. Today, turned to be a lovely day with blue skies and warm sunny weather that we decided to take a walk together after lunch. So I expected that after a stroll we will all return home hungry and cannot wait for dinner time. So I decided to make cheesy garlic bread which as I had expected was very much appreciated by us all when we returned. It is quick and easy to make from scratch or it can be even more quicker if you use store bought pizza base. In fact, I made enough dough to make garlic bread for snack and pizza for dinner saving myself some time to enjoy playing with Anjalie :) For making two 12 inch cheesy garlic bread and/or Pizza

You will need:
For the base:
1.25 to 1.5 cups warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups unbleached white bread flour
1.5 tsp salt
0.5 tsp sugar
1 tsp rapid raise yeast

For the garlic-cheese topping:
4 tbsp butter (softened to room temperature)
200 g grated cheese (mozzarella +cheddar)
6-8 cloves garlic grated - use mroe or less depending on how garlicky you like them
1 tsp garlic salt granules

Place all the ingredients listed in "For the base" in the bread pan according to your bread machine instructions. Select Pizza dough setting (this should take shorter time than basic dough setting). If hand kneading, place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the wet ingredients and knead until smooth and stretchy dough is achieved (about 10-15 mins).

You may need more or less water depending on your cup measurement (UK & US standards are different) and flour quality. Start with least amount possible and add as needed. Cover and set aside to raise for 30-45 mins. When dough cycle/raising time is done, turn the dough onto a floured surface and punch the air out.

Cut the dough in half and roll each piece into 12 inch square. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or grease them well) and place these rolled dough in them.
Mix the ingredients given in "for the topping" list. Divide the mixture into two portions and spread each portion on each of the rolled dough. Cover and leave to raise for 30-45 mins.

Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit (fan assisted) and bake each of them in the middle rack for 18-20 mins. Since we went out for a stroll, I left mine to raise for nearly 2 hrs so I ended up with a very puffed and soft cheesy garlic bread which by the way was a big hit ;) Serve warm with pizza sauce/any other favourite dipping sauce.

Instead, of topping both with garlic-cheese mixture, you can skip, the garlic and butter and add pizza sauce and all of your favourite toppings with the cheese to make a pizza. Again, since I left it for 2 hrs, we got to enjoy pan-style pizza for dinner. Enjoy them warm!

Sending to Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids – Italian Dishes and Nithu’s page hosted by Sowmya.

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