Saturday, February 16, 2013

Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

You may remember my first post here on Dudes Cook Too. It involved Cinnamon, and Sugar... none other than Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread. This recipe resembles that delicious bread on the exterior, but this is a completely new recipe. One that involves yeast, and not just self-rising flour and butter.

This bread is amazing. Repeat after me: Life is too short to not eat good bread. There's nothing better on a cold night than a warm, buttered slice of this bread, preferably by a fire, with a cup of soup as well.

This recipe starts out like another other recipe. Yeast. Sugar. Flour. BUTTER. ...and Garlic Powder. I used my kitchen aid hook attachment, but this can be done by hand as well. Don't let my True Blue mixer fool you. You can totally handle this... with a little elbow grease of course.

We knead, we roll, we cut, we stack, and we place in a bread pan, and let rise. This bread is a little time consuming, but the finished product makes every second worth it. Trust me.

Whatever you do, don't forget the butter on top. I hope you like it!

Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
inspired from Joy the Baker

*makes one loaf
time: 2.5 hours

3-4 cups flour
1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 package of yeast
1 stick butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4-1 cup water

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup water with yeast, and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast is bubbly. If it doesn't bubble, start over. This means the yeast isn't active.

In a small sauce pan, combine remaining water, milk and 1/2 stick of butter over low heat, and allow to melt and incorporate.

Combine 3 cups flour, sugar, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, liquid mixture, and yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer with a hook attachment, and blend on low until all the ingredients are incorporated. At this point, you will need to test the dough. You may have to add more flour or water accordingly. The dough should be smooth, and clean the sides of the bowl. Allow dough to knead for 5 minutes in stand mixer. (If you don't have a stand mixer, simply combine ingredients in a bowl, and knead on a floured surface for 7 minutes).

Form dough into a smooth ball, and place in a greased bowl to rise for one hour.

After dough has doubled in size, roll out onto a floured surface, and knead for 2 minutes by hand. Then roll dough out into a rectangle until dough is about 1/4 inch thick. It usually rolls out into 20 x 8 inches. If you can't get it to roll out this far, don't worry. Just roll it out as far as you can.

In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt the other 1/2 stick of butter and teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir, and spread across dough.

Next, cut dough equally horizontally into four strips. Stack, and then cut into four vertical strips. You should have 4 squares stacked on top of one another. Fold each stack in half, and place in a greased bread pan, with the tips of the stacks facing upwards. Cover, and let rise for an additional hour. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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