Is there anything better than garlic bread filling the house with that lovely aroma of butter and garlic? I’m in love with garlic, I have to admit, and I freely share that love!
The other day at the lunch I do every week with my mom friends, I pulled out this lovely loaf, still warm from the oven. The ladies couldn’t even wait til lunch, they dove right in and declared it delicious. In fact, they polished off almost the entire loaf while I was working on making fried rice. That’s the kind of garlic love I like to see!
This loaf actually incorporates everything you need, from garlic to butter and herbs right in the bread. It’s super easy to make and oh, so delicious.
Spiral Garlic Loaf
Makes 2 loaves
1 1/4 c. warm water
3 Tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. oil
3-4 c. flour (start with 3, add more if dough is sticky)
2 Tblsp. yeast
1/2 c. butter, melted
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tblsp. basil, chopped (1 Tblsp. if using dry)
Mix yeast and warm water in a bowl and let sit five minutes.
In a bowl, combing oil, sugar, and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir well. Add the flour gradually, stirring until it becomes a thick ball of dough.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead. Add more flour if necessary until the dough is no longer sticky. Shape into a ball, pop in an oiled bowl and cover. Let rise for 45 min.
Knead the dough again for one minute and divide in half. Roll out half to form a 1/4″ thick rectangle.
Spread half the melted butter over the dough and sprinkle with half the garlic and basil. Roll as if for cinnamon rolls. Fold the roll in half and pinch the ends together. Repeat with the second half of the dough.
Put the folded rolls into loaf pans and put directly into the oven. Turn the oven on to 350º and bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.
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