There is something homely and inviting as you open the doors to a house to the heavenly aroma of freshly baked bread. I always love it when I am at home on a week day, decide to bake and son comes from school straight to the kitchen asking, “amma, are you baking Garlic Bread today?”
Gone are the days when I religiously noted down recipes in notebooks, then flip through it deciding what to make. Now, you think of a couple of ingredients or possible dishes, type it out, google it and a myriad of options opens out in front of you. You now devour the dishes with your eyes before even opening the kitchen shelves. After multiple experiments, I have zeroed in on a recipe for Garlic Bread which is pretty simple and straight forward.
Garlic bread is always a hit, with or without an accompaniment, a hot cup of tea is good enough:-)
Here goes the recipe from food.com. In fact, this is one web site that I keep going back to for anything 🙂 I have adapted it a little bit to suit my preferences
For the dough:
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
A little more flour to adjust the dough if it is too wet
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1/2 tablespoon instant yeast ( I used the regular Active Dry Yeast)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil
1/4-1/3 cup butter (room temp, homemade really is better)
7-8 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
5-6 stalks of coriander leaves chopped fine
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp driied thyme ( in fact you can use any herb that you prefer)
Mix all these together and keep aside
1. Mix the yeast and sugar in a measuring cup, that keeps it from getting lumpy, add the cup of warm water and stir together. let sit for 5 minute.
2. Mix the flour, whole wheat flour and salt in a med sized bowl, then dump in yeast mix and stir until a soft dough forms.
3. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour if needed. It should be just soft, and slightly wet to the touch
4. Rub the bowl with oil and keep the dough on it. Smear some oil on the dough ( I used olive oil)
5. Cover with a wet towel and keep it in a warm place for about an hour and half
6. Remove from the bowl onto to flat surface smeared generously with flour, punch it down and divide into two. Slash it diagonally across just a little deep below the top. Keep it on a baking sheet / aluminium foil smeared with butter.This is how it looked like
7. Cover with the wet towel again and keep aside for another hour
8. Preheat the oven 180C for 10 minutes. Bake for about 20 minutes.
9. Take the bread out and let it cool slightly.
10. Make a few vertical slashes almost till the bottom of the loaf. Smear the insides with the garlic butter mix. Brush the top of the loaves with the mix that is left over
11. Cover loosely with aluminium foil and return to the oven . Bake for another 15 minutes.
12. You can brush a beaten egg to the top of the loaves to get a golden brown colour.
13. Turn of the bottom filament in the last 5 minutes of baking keeping only the top filament on to get a nice brown crust.