Jan 24, 2011

Parmesan Herb Garlic Bread

I was slightly skeptical about this bread. I mean, a 15 minute rise before baking begins in a cold oven? What? That just didn't sound right! But guess what? It was right. So, so, so right.

This recipe produced the most flavorful bread that I have ever made. Truly. A wonderful, crusty shell with a soft, flavorful interior? Perfection. It was cheesy, garlicky, and herb-y in all the right ways. Most of it didn't even make it to the dinner table, we ended up eating it as dinner was cooking. Irresistible.

This dough is pretty versatile as far as the herb flavors go, any combination will most likely work. The original recipe calls for Asiago cheese, but I used Parmesan. Play with it - you won't be sorry!
Parmesan Herb Garlic Breadadapted from Erica's Kitchen Adventure & Cook Like a Champion

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon herbs de Provence
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup hot water (120-130 degrees)
olive oil, for bowl & drizzling

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend flour, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, yeast, sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, herbs de Provence, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and garlic using the paddle attachment.
2. With the mixer on a low speed, add in hot water. Mix until dough comes together and then switch to a dough hook. Turn up to medium low speed and knead for 4-5 minutes, until dough pulls away from the sides but sticks to the bottom of the bowl.
3. Remove dough from ball and lightly coat the inside of a deep bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat and cover with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 15 minutes.
4. Punch dough down and pull the top of the dough over the side, tucking underneath to form a ball.
5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and cut a 1/4 inch deep "x" on the top of dough. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle on remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
6. Place a cake pan filled with hot water in the oven on the bottom rack. Place the baking sheet with the dough on the rack above the water filled pan. Turn on the oven to 400 degrees (do not preheat the oven). Set timer for 40 minutes.
7. Bake until bread in a deep, golden brown and remove from oven. (Bread may need additional time, up to 10 minutes.) Let cool before slicing.


Courtney said...

Mmm, isn't fresh bread the best? This is still one of my favorites.

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