Good garlic bread is unbelievably good and shouldn’t be confused with the crap you get from the supermarket, there really isn’t any comparison. It looks like ordinary bread but that’s as far as the comparison goes. This bread has a lovely warming taste that will transport you to Italy, and the aroma will fill your kitchen with the smell of a french bakery. So if you are entertaining friends or having a pizza evening, try this, you will do it again and again.
500g Bread Flour.
320 ml Cider or Beer.
1 Sachet Yeast.
1 Glug Olive Oil.
1 Bulb Garlic.
- Place Flour, yeast and Salt in mixing bowl ensuring the salt and yeast are on opposite sides of the bowl.
- Mix in the Cider/Beer and olive oil and mix with your fingers until all ingredients are combined into a rough dough ball.
- Throw some olive oil onto a work surface and spread it about liberally and tip the dough ball onto it and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, this will take around 10-20 minutes.
- Put the dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel or Clingfilm to prove, and double in size, this will take around an hour – hour and half.
- Drop the bulb of Garlic into a pan of boiling water for 15 minutes then let cool.
- When cooled mash the garlic into a paste.
- Flour a work surface and tip the dough ball onto it and knock the air out of it and press the mashed garlic into the dough.
- Divide and shape the dough ball into four pieces and roll out each piece with your finger tips into bread roll shapes.
- Cover and leave to prove again for about an hour.
- When ready dust with flour and slash 3 times diagonaly.
- Put into an oven preheated to full and place the baking tray with the bread on it in the oven along with an old tin with some hot water in it, and turn the oven immediately down to 180 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Tap the bottom of the rolls, they will sound hollow when done.