Bread is a vital part of any meal and it cannot get easier and delicious than this Pull Apart Garlic Bread. This will be a great choice of bread as an appetizer when entertaining during the holidays.
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Author: Sandhya Ramakrishnan
For the bread dough -
Bread flour – 2 ½ cup to 3 cups
Active dry yeast – 1 ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 ½ tbsp
Salt – 1 ½ tsp
Warm water – ½ cup
Warm milk – ½ cup
Butter – 1 tbspsoftened
For the garlic topping –
Butter – 4 tbspmelted
Garlic – 3 clovesfinely minced
Fresh parsley – 2 tbspfinely minced
Oregano – 1 tspdried
Salt – 1 tsp
To make the bread dough –
I used my stand mixer to make the dough. Add the warm water to the bowl of the mixer and sprinkle the yeast and the sugar. Gently mix and let the mixture bubble up and proof for about 5 to 8 minutes. Make sure that the water is warm and not too hot or cold.
Once the yeast is proofed, add the warm milk, salt and softened butter and mix.
Add the bread flour, about a cup at a time. I needed a little more than 2 ½ cups to make soft dough. You might need anywhere from 2 ½ to cups of flour. Knead the dough for about 7 to 8 minutes until it passes the window pane test. The dough should be slightly sticky but very soft.
Place the dough into a greased bowl and let it rise in a warm place until double in volume. Mine took about 1 ½ hours to double.
To shape and bake the pull apart bread –
When the dough is rising, make the garlic topping. Melt the butter and then add the rest of the ingredients to the melted butter.
Once the dough has doubled in volume, pinch out small 1 inch balls. I got about 24 balls from the dough.
Dip the balls in the garlic butter and then place them in layers in a greased loaf pan.
Cover the pan and let the dough rise for the second time. It took about 45 minutes for me to double the volume of the dough.
Preheat the oven to 350 F and then bake the bread for about 30 minutes or until it is golden brown on top and sounds hollow.
Remove the pan and let the bread rest in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and start pulling it apart and enjoy with some marinara sauce on the side.