Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread



Summer is here! Well, at least for us since my boys were already off school a couple weeks ago. They started summer camp last week and I wish to myself that I could also take the summer off to spend more time with them. 
I saw the picture of this garlic cheesy bread recipe a while back on Facebook and I was practically drooling while staring intensely at the screen. I said to myself that I have to make this very very soon. But until recently, when I stopped by a Chinese bakery to pick up some breads for my boys, my oldest told me he wanted some garlic breads. Only then I thought of this garlic cheese bread that I saw on Facebook, so I told him "Mommy will make some for you soon". And so I did keep my promise to him.
I love how easy this recipe turned out. All the ingredients can be easily found from your pantry and fridge. Give it a try next time you are planning some spaghetti or pasta dishes for dinner. These breads will be a great addition to your meal and greatly appreciated by your family.




Recipe adapted from Lauren's Latest (Thanks Lauren for the great recipe)


INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Warm Water (I added a little more water as the dough seems to be a little dry)
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 Teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Bread Flour
Olive Oil, For Greasing Surfaces
⅓ pounds Sharp White Cheddar, Or Any Other Cheese You Prefer (I used Harvati cheese since that was what I had on hand)
½ cups Garlic Butter ( I made my own version with melted butter, 1 clove of minced garlic,  a handful of chopped parsley and some salt for taste)






DIRECTIONS:

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. Let the machine knead the dough. After 5 minutes, dough should be smooth and tacky but when touched shouldn’t leave any dough on your 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. Twist the breads to create the look and also to help keep the shape of the breads from shrinking. Cover with plastic wrap and rise 30 minutes. Start to preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place dough close to the oven where it’s nice and warm. Once oven is preheated, remove plastic wrap, from the dough reduce oven to 350F, put the bread into the oven and bake 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 begins to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes.



Cut 1-inch slices 3/4′s of the 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.









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