Garlic Tear and Share Plait

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Garlic bread. It is just amazing. I love the stuff!

I made this recipe a little while ago, the day itself was bloody freezing and I just couldn’t bear to leave the house to go and buy some. Also, why should I when I had all the ingredients in the kitchen cupboard!

This recipe it pretty easy to follow, but as with all breads, takes a little time as a double prove is in order.

Ingredients:

  • 250g flour – I used 125g bread flour (1050) and 125g All purpose (550)
  • 1/2 pack of dry yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2tbs Olive oil
  • 150ml Water

For the topping

  • 75g Butter
  • Garlic cloves grated (1-2 depending on your tastes)
  • Chopped Parsley

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Combine all the dry ingredients in your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.

Slowly add the water and knead for a minimum of 5 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic.

Place into an oiled bowl, cover and leave in a warm place for an hour until it has doubled in size.

Turn out your dough into a clean surface and cut into 3 equal balls. If you want to be precise with this, weigh your first dough ball and divide by 3.

Roll out each ball into 3 equal lengths.

With a drop of water stick the ends of the three dough lengths. For ease I will now number them 1, 2 and 3..

Cross 3 over 2 and move 2 to the right side.

Cross 1 over 3 and bring it into the middle.

Repeat the same pattern again all the way down to the end of the dough.

With a dab of water, stick the end pieces together and position your plait onto a tray lined with baking parchment. Leave this for 30 minutes – 1 hour until it has puffed up.

Place your plait into an oven which has been pre-heated to 200°c.

Meanwhile, melt your butter in a small pan with the garlic and the herbs.

After around 15 minutes, and using a pastry brush add the herby garlic butter all over the plait.

Return the bread to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

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Urm… YUM. Be careful not to burn your fingers when you tear it open and try to eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Believe me you will attempt to do this as it smells just that good.

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