Give us our daily bread

IMG_9389(please excuse my pitiful attempt at wit!)

I’ve had my bread machine for a couple of years now. My darling great aunt bought it for us because she felt going to the shops to buy bread was too much to expect of a busy young family (I love her logic).  This machine makes jam, bakes cake, prepares pizza dough, makes a pretty great loaf and irons your clothes. OK, it sadly doesn’t iron but if it did I’d be overjoyed!

I have a few fail safe recipes that I use regularly but I think my garlic bread is the best. I use it for pizza dough, bread sticks to accompany pasta or for bread rolls. It is totally yum!

So set your machine to the dough setting and add in this order

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water 
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan or cheddar cheese (I normally add more but this is a good guide)
2 tablespoons sugar
3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic (go with how much you like)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Once your dough is ready put it on a floured surface and cut into rough slices, about an inch wide and as long as you want. Put them on an oven pan and leave to rise for 15 mins (you can skip this step if you want).

Bake in the oven for around 20 mins then while still hot brush with melted butter.

It makes around 15-20 but we ate most of them before I took any pictures. These bread sticks are in a serving bowl so thy look smaller than they were.

IMG_9474 IMG_9475 IMG_9477 IMG_9478My great aunt was right. Sometimes it’s too much to expect a young family to venture out in the snow to buy bread when we can make great garlic bread at home. Besides, it’s much more fun making it.

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