Garlic Bread

I made this for the swim team banquet a couple weeks ago, and I think most everyone liked it.

To make the sponge, mix approximately

  • 2 c. hot/warm water
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. yeast
  • about 2 tsp. garlic powder

Then you let that rise for about 10-15 minutes. It will be bubbling and will be much larger than you started out with.

If you have a stand-up mixer, then mix on speed 2 for 4-5 minutes adding about 3 cups of flour as you do so. (When it’s finished it should be the texture of your earlobe.)
If you don’t have a mixer then you’ll need to knead it.

Start by mixing in 1-2 cups of flour, then, when it gets too hard to stir, move the dough to a clean surface with flour on it (so it doesn’t stick.). You knead it by pulling one side of the lump of dough over the top, pushing that down with the heel of your hand, and turning it 90 degrees then doing that again and again. Add about 2 more cups of flour while you do this, until it’s smooth and elastic, usually about 6 or 7 minutes.

Then let it rise for about 45 minutes to an hour, until it’s doubled in size. form it into two loaves and let those rise, covered, untill those are doubled in size.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. If you have a quick-read thermometer, it should be about 180-190 degrees in the center. Cool on a rack.

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2 Responses to “Garlic Bread”

  1. inmykitchen Says:

    This is really yummy! I tried this a few nights ago, but I am lazy (and have some musculoskeletal issues), so I let my bread machine do all of the hard work of the kneading. I wasn’t sure if the loaves were to be put into a loaf pan or not. I did NOT use loaf pans, and I used your mom’s or aunt’s suggestion of misting every so often to make the bread crustier. Quite good.
    Looking forward to reading about more of your cooking adventures.

  2. thecookfulyouth Says:

    Thank you for visiting!
    I actually don’t use loaf pans, I usually bake my bread on pizza stones, which gives it nice crust. I havn’t tried the misting thing yet but I probably should play around with that 🙂 .

    (I don’t knead the dough either, I let the Kitchenaid mixer do it!)

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