This recipe for garlic bread is easy to make and your home will smell amazing with the aroma of fresh bread. It freezes well which makes it economical to make, especially if you use fresh parsley and garlic from your own garden.
Makes 2 loaves
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water (if you can’t hold your finger in it, then it’s too hot). Allow to proof for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl add 4 cups of flour and salt. Mix then make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and the oil. Stir until it forms a dough.
Put the last cup of flour on a clean work surface then tip out the dough. Knead as much of the flour in as the dough will take. Knead for about 6 minutes or until the dough has a smooth elastic consistency. It shouldn’t stick to the board.
Place in an oiled bowl, turn so it is covered in oil then place oiled plastic wrap over the top. Cover with a tea towel then leave in a warm draft free position until doubled in size.
Punch down the dough then divide in half. Form each half into a long log then place on a greased tray sprinkled with cornmeal (polenta). The cornmeal is optional.
Cut diagonal slashes in the top of the bread either with a knife or scissors, lightly cover with greased plastic then leave in a warm place to double in size.
Bake in preheated oven 375°F (190°C) for 30 minutes.
Make the garlic butter by mixing together the butter, garlic and parsley. When the bread is cool enough, slice down almost to the bottom then liberally spread the garlic butter between the slices.
Wrap the bread in foil then reheat in a moderate oven 350°F (180°C) for 5 to 10 minutes until the butter is melted.
To freeze; after you have spread the garlic butter between the slices, cut loaves into serving sizes then wrap each one in foil. Freeze then when needed, heat in a moderate oven for 15 minutes or until the butter has melted.
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Serves: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
% Daily Value*
Total Fat10.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.172 g
Trans Fat 0.001 g
Total Carbohydrate50.49 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Sugars 1.75 g
Vitamin A 456 IU
Vitamin C 1.7 mg
Calcium 23 mg
Iron 3.04 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; replace the flour with gluten free bread flour and follow the packet directions. For dairy free; replace the butter with dairy free spread.
Save by buying pantry basics such as bread flour in bulk. It has a long shelf life and can be stored in recycled glass jars to prevent infestation. Store flour in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
If you can’t afford bread flour then you can use regular flour to make bread. The consistency won’t be as good as the protein level will be lower in cheaper brands.
Consider growing your own herbs such as parsley. It grows well in a pot in your windowsill and will give you continuous picking. Fertilise with a liquid fertiliser every two weeks to get the most out of your plant. Try this kit from Amazon. (Paid link)
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