Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Insanely Easy Yummy Good Every Time Garlic Bread
1 pkg of fast acting yeast
1 c. warm water about 103 degrees Fahrenheit
1 tsp sugar or honey
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt or just regular salt
2 cups of flour or more depending on how sticky the dough is.
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp basil
1tsp oregano
a few pinches of kosher salt
Preheat oven to 450

In a mixer bowl combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit untl the mixture is bubbly, about a minute. Add in the tablespoon of olive oil and salt. With a dough hook attached to the mixer, mix in the 2 cups of flour. If the dough doesn't pull away from the side then just add more flour until it does. Take the dough out and knead onto a well floured surface until the dough is as smooth as a baby's bottom...5 minutes or so. 

In a warm spot let the dough rise until doubled in size. About a half an hour.
In the mean time. Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil into a small bowl and add in all the spices and garlic.
When the dough is doubled. Punch it down and slap it down onto a flat surface a few times until it takes the form of a 12 to 16 inch log. Place onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza stone. Cut the dough with scissors into 8 to 12 pieces, don't cut all the way to the bottom. Brush the oil mix onto the bread til well coated and sprinkle a few pinches of kosher salt. Let rise for 15 minutes. Brush again and do a light sprinkle of salt. 
Bake for 15 minutes to a golden brown. If the surface seems dry, lightly apply the oil to the loaf.
Cool, separate and enjoy!!!
Just as an aside. This can be a pizza dough or bread sticks.

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