The phrase “too much cheese” does not exist in my vocabulary, and probably never will! Zackary, my boyfriend, LOVES garlic bread so this recipe was paired with the Chicken Alfredo Pizza (previously added today) to make a lovely meal for him and my family. It is a great bread recipe that does not include too many steps. I have made it twice also and have had great success each time.
Without further ado, I give you… Cheesy Garlic Bread! 🙂
Begin by mixing water, yeast, and honey together. Stir, and let sit for 5 minutes.
That looks yummy right? No worries, it soon will 🙂 Once the yeast has started to foam, add the salt and flour. Be sure to do this in 1/4 cup increments.
Keep the speed slow, and keep adding the flour! After all the flour and salt is added, the dough with then pull away from sides. When this happens, set a timer for 5 minutes and let the mixer do its magic! After the time is up, the dough should be smooth when you touch it, and no dough should stick to your fingers.
Then grease bowl and dough, cover with plastic or a dishtowel and let it rise for 1 hour. ( I placed mine outside, which helped it rise better).
Once the dough has doubled in size, split it into two equal pieces. Twist them into baguettes the length of the cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while keeping the cookie sheet close by. This will help them to rise even more. By the time it is done, they should double in size again.
After the oven has preheated, then drop the temperature to 350 and bake for 20 minutes. While the bread is in the oven, mix up some garlic butter and slice your cheese. The recipe calls for a stick of garlic butter. But I was unable to find that, so I just melted some butter and added garlic salt and powder till it tasted like I wanted it too 🙂
Then, once the bread is done, take it out of the oven and make slits throughout the loaf. Spread garlic butter over the loaf and within the slits. Then, put the cheese slices into the slits.
Place the bread back into the oven for 5-7 minutes. And then the bread is ready!
Cheesy Garlic Bread, found at www.laurenslatest.com
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 Teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups Bread Flour
Olive Oil, For Greasing surfaces
1/3 pounds Sharp White Cheddar, or any other cheese you prefer
1/2 cups Garlic Butter
In a large bowl, stir water, honey and yeast together. Let yeast proof 5 minutes. Once you know yeast is active, stir in salt and the flour in 1/4 cup increments. If you are using a stand mixer, be sure to not increase your speed higher than a 2 or ‘stir’. Once dough starts pulling away from the sides and the bowl seems to be pretty clean, set a timer for 5 minutes and walk away. After 5 minutes, dough should be smooth and tacky but when touched should’t leave any dough on fingers. Grease the bowl and the dough. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Punch down dough and cut into two equal portions. Form into two long baguettes the length of the cookie sheet. Cover the plastic wrap and rise 30 minutes. Start to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place the dough close to the oven. Once oven is preheated, remove plastic wrap from the dough, reduce oven to 350F, put the bread into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, slice the cheese into thin slices and melt the butter. Pull loaves of bread out of the oven after 20 minutes and brush with the melted garlic butter. Bake another 5-7 minutes or until bread begs to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Cut 1 inch slices 3/4’s of the way through the loaves. Brush garlic butter in between each slice and fill with a slice of cheese*. Bake another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.
* I combined these two steps. I was running low on time. It worked perfectly fine putting the cheese in the slits at the same time as basting it with garlic butter. Either way! 🙂