Garlic Bread, now what can I say about this bread. I will happily become the member of any Garlic Bread Lovers Club, if there happens to be one universally. You can have it for breakfast, dinner, appetizer or starter or just plain comfort food at any time of the day. We are all a big fan of it at home and the kids always order in one whenever its time for a pizza dinner. I had always wanted to bake a big pull apart bread that does not involve lots of process and here is what I came up with. Its an eggless bread and loaded with garlic flavor. When both the kids were home last Saturday which is very rare as the elder one always has school on Saturdays too, this is what we made and what’s more important is that we had loads of fun in both making it and polishing it off.
I wanted the bread to be rich in flavor and texture but not exactly dripping with butter. So I halved the butter used in garlic butter and replaced it with olive oil and the below picture is what is the result of it. It still came out spongy and springy to the touch and we cleared up half of it as soon as it came out of the oven and the rest I served for dinner along with some hot soup. The best dinner one could dream of, I promise.
I had been missing out on baking breads for the We knead to bake group owing to laziness and this time I pushed myself not to miss it as well. This is the one of the most simplest of breads that you can bake and if you are afraid of yeast then please do not let it scare you off and let it win. Try this bread as its simple, basic and downright easy.
Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls Recipe
Prep time: 20 mins | Rest time: 2 hours | Bake time: 30 mins | Makes: 28 to 30 rolls
Recipe Cuisine: Continental | Recipe Category: Snacks
For the Garlic Butter:
- All Purpose flour – 3 1/2 cups (420 gms)
- Instant Dry Yeast – 2 1/4 tsp or 1 pkt
- Water – 1 cup (150 ml)
- Butter – 3 tbsp
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Vegetable oil – 1 tsp
- Butter – 1/4 cup
- Olive oil – 1/4 cup
- Italian seasoning – 1 tsp
- Garlic – 6 pods
- Salt – 2 pinch
- Cheese, grated – 1 cup
- Chili flakes – 1/2 tsp (optional)
- For the Garlic Butter: Crush the garlic pods to a coarse paste using a mortar and pestle.
- In a bowl melt the butter and olive oil together. Add the crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and let it steep well.
- For the Bread Dough: In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt. Add softened butter and stir well so that the mixture resembles like bread crumbs.
- Heat the water till lukewarm. I microwaved at high for 1 minute and that heat would be perfect.
- Make a well in the center and add the water. Bring the flour from around the edges of the well and mix well till it forms a dough. It should not be sticky. I did it with my hands but you can use your stand mixer to which the dough hooks are attached.
- Knead the dough well for 5 mins. Smear oil all over the dough and keep it covered in a bowl. Let it rest for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
- Punch the dough to let the air out and knead again for 2 to 3 mins.
- Make small lemon sized balls from the dough. Make sure that the balls are even in size and keep aside.
- For the Pull Apart Rolls: To the Garlic butter, add 1/2 the quantity of grated cheese and mix well.
- Add the dough balls to this butter and mix gently with your finger tips till all the balls are coated evenly.
- Take a 9 inch round pan and grease it well. Arrange the balls all around the pan and pour the remaining garlic butter mixture all over the arranged balls.
- Cover the pan with a lid and let it sit to rise for 1 more hour. I inverted a big dinner plate over the pan and my rolls took just 30 mins to double up in size.
- Preheat the oven 190 C / 375 F.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top of the rolls evenly and top it up with chili flakes if using.
- Bake for 25 to 30 mins or till the center is done and the bread looks golden brown on top.
- Serve warm with any hot soup of your choice.
- While making garlic butter, you can 1/2 cup butter instead of olive oil.
- If using Active Dry Yeast, then you need to proof it before adding to the dry ingredients.
- Instead of using garlic pods, you can also use garlic powder but using pods gives out better flavor and taste.
- The number of rolls will depend on the size of the balls that you make.
- I used Cheddar cheese but you can also use any other cheese of your preference.
- The time taken for the dough to rise or double will depend on the local humidity of the place you live.
- Oven timings will vary accordingly.
Labels: Breads, Breakfast Recipes, Eggless Baking, Microwave Convectional Recipes, Snacks, Yeast