This is my first post under Baking and I am delighted to present the most sought after Garlic bread sticks at my home.
Statutory Warning : This recipe is strictly not for the Diet conscious people !
For the Bread Dough:
Water - 1/2 cup
Instant Dry Yeast - 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp
Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Milk - 2 Tsp
Water - 1 tsp
For the seasoning
4 tablespoon - unsalted butter - softened
4 tablespoon - cheddar cheese grated
1/2 tablespoon - combine mixed herbs and italian oregano (i used the collected oregano from pizza delivery's)
2 garlic cloves - grated finely
2 tablespoon - mozzarella cheese grated
Buttery Garlic Bread sticks
Take a large mixing bowl, add flour, yeast, sugar,salt and stir well completely.
Add water little by little kneading the dough. I don't have a dough kneading machine, did the kneading by age old traditional method - with hand.
The water is sufficient for the flour mentioned.
After adding all the water to the flour you will end up with a sticky dough. Don't worry and don't add any extra flour, just keep kneading the dough longer till you get a elastic consistency of the dough. It took 10 minutes for me to get this. And i did not stop after that, i kept kneading and punching for another 10 -15 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same bowl and smear it nicely around the bowl and also on the dough and rest it in a warm place for 2 hours. I covered the bowl with a cling wrap, you can also cover with a wet kitchen towel. I heated up my microwave for 30 seconds and kept the bowl with the dough covered by a cling wrap. Don't place the bowl immediately after heating the microwave, give it another 30 - 45 seconds after opening the microwave door.
After an hour, I took the dough out, punched and kneaded it again for 10 minutes.
Covered it again and kept it inside the microwave.
Meanwhile while the dough is rising, take another bowl add the butter,cheddar cheese, herbs mixture,cloves and combine well. Keep the mozzarella cheese for topping it later.
After about 45 minutes - preheat the oven to 200 C
Roll out the dough on a neat and clean floured surface. You can roll out in a rectangle shape or a round one. I did mine round. The rolled out dough should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Now spread the butter mixture generously on the dough.Fold the dough to form a semi circle. Cut this into strips using a pizza cutter or plain old knife, which ever you have and prefer. Place the strips on a baking sheet lined with the remaining olive oil greased parchment paper. Again spread the butter mixture generously on top too. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese later. Your bread dough is ready to be baked. Bake the bread in the center rack for 12-15 minutes. Mine took 15 minutes.
After this take out the baking sheet carefully from the oven, apply little butter and do the milk wash and place the baking sheet on the top rack and grill/broil for 5-7 minutes.
Cool the bread for 10 minutes before taking it out from the baking sheet. Ready to indulge in the soft and buttery garlic bread sticks along with your favorite accomplaint!
My Finding :
* 1/2 cup water is enough for the flour quantity mentioned.
* Kneading and punch the dough several times makes the dough airy and when baked puffs up nicely.
Happy Baking !