Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I was very happy once I cooked this dish. The very first time I attempted these was with one of my friend. Cooking with friends is really good as you learn new aspects of cooking. Each one has their own method. The activation of yeast takes a little time. I had tough time learning the whole process. This was my 4th attempt at making the garlic bread. 

Ingredients :

For the Bread :
Maida/ All Purpose Flour : 1 cup
Dry Yeast : 1 tsp
Sugar : 1 tbsp
Salt : 1 tsp
Water (Lukewarm) : 1/2 cup
Olive Oil : 2 tbsp

For the Stuffing :
Mozzarella Cheese : 1/4 cup
Cheddar Cheese : 3/4 cup 
Dry Basil : 1 tsp
Garlic Powder : 1/2 tsp 
Oregano : 1 tsp

Procedure :
1. Add sugar to lukewarm water, when the sugar dissolves add dry yeast till it turns frothy. (check notes).
2. In a large bowl add allpurpose flour, salt, 1 tbsp oil, and the frothy yeast water and make a dough.
3. Move the dough in another greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth and keep it aside for 45 minutes.
4. After 45 minutes you will see that the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough again and keep it aside for another 30 minutes. It will rise again.
5. Mix the cheese with basil leaves, oregano and garlic powder. 
6. Punch down the dough and divide it into 2 parts. 
7. Spread the dough on a rolling board and roll into a round circle and spread the cheese mixture inside.
8. Fold the circle and seal the edges with water. Do not let the thickness be too thin. (Check the image).
9. Slice them into 1 inch intervals. Preheat the oven to 350 degree faranheit.
10. With the help of a brush spread the olive oil on the garlic bread and bake the bread for 20 minutes.
11. The crust should turn golden brown. 

Notes : 
1.When you add yeast to the water, it should be lukewarm. If the water is too hot the yeast will not be activated. To make sure the temperature is right dip your index finger into the water and count to 5. If the water is very hot when you cound to five don't add the yeast. If the water is lukewarm at the count of 5 add the yeast. If the water is cold then again the yeast will not get activated. 
2. You can substitute garlic powder with freshly crushed garlic. It makes it even more aromatic.
3. Another suggestion for the stuffing is chopped spinach and american corn