Garlic Bread, Garlic Bread, it is the future! High Blean B&B Askrigg version.

Peter Kay is  rendered incredulous, at the combination of garlic and bread

so I am not sure what he would make of garlic pizza bread!

Personally, I think this is a tasty accompaniment to many pasta dishes and is easy and cheap to make and with a little cheese on the top can be eaten as a snack in its own right.

Here is a tried and trusted recipe for one garlic pizza bread.

Ingredients: 

  • 85g / 3oz cold water
  • 125g / 4 ½ oz  strong white flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry active years
  • ½ teaspoon salt. Alter the amount of salt to your own taste and use coarse sea salt if you don’t mind the texture and occasional salt explosion.

For the topping.

  • 1 ½ oz /  43g butter. Do not be tempted to use more butter, it will just make the garlic pizza bread soggy.
  • 3 or more cloves of garlic to your own taste, sliced.
Bowl of dough which will be used to make a garlic pizza bread at High Blean B&B Askrigg

No Knead Dough

Into a bowl add the flour, salt and yeast, then add the water and stir with a palette  knife or similar, to form a dough. There is no need to knead this dough, just let the action of the yeast work its magic.  You can leave this dough for several hours and it is actually much better to leave it for a few hours to improve the taste. If necessary,  it can be put in the refrigerator to retard its growth.

 

Take the garlic and chop into slices and place in a small dish. Next add 1 ½ oz of butter, but do not be tempted to use more butter as it will just make the pizza bread soggy.

Place this bowl of butter and garlic  somewhere warm, until the butter softens. Allow the garlic to infuse with the butter for as long as you can. Take away from the warmth about an hour before use, as you need the butter to set a little, so that it can be spread on the rolled out dough.

Take your dough and place on a lightly floured surface and roll into a ball, then flatten with the palm of your hand.  You can then either roll out the dough ball with a rolling pin, to form a circle, about 10″ in diameter or push into this shape with your fingers. If you wish to be a bit flamboyant you can try spinning the dough while tossing it in the air!

Put the rolled out dough onto a well floured surface or straight onto a baking tray. I use semolina flour for this, as I use a pizza paddle to place it onto a hot stone in the oven.

An uncooked garlic pizza bread waiting to be cooked at High Blean B&B Askrigg

Ready to meet AGA

Spread the soften butter and garlic all over the surface of the rolled out dough and then put into a hot oven. I use an AGA ,which usually means the garlic bread is cooked in around 7 minutes. It may take a little longer in an electric oven at around 230c.  Use your judgement  to determine when it is ready.

Garlic pizza bread just out of the oven at High Blean B&B Askrigg

On a paddle but no canoe

 

 

 

Cut into six and enjoy.

Just cooked garlic pizza bread cut into six at High Blean B&B Askrigg

Six of the best: enjoy every slice.

 

 

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