Cheesy garlic bread wreaths

Hey guys! 🙂

Today’s recipe combines some of the most delicious things in the world: crunchy bread laced with garlic-parsley butter, jalapenos and cheese. Can it get any better? Uh-uh, I didn’t think so.

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I only have two hands, so between taking photos and making this, my photos turned out blurry. But eh, you get the idea. However, the respect I have for all those other bloggers that have AMAZING photos to go along with their recipes has shot up. I mean, come on, how are you guys even doing this? Are you all secretly aliens with some extra hands? Can I join your league, please?

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“someone needs to do some explaining.”

 

Now I’m veering off topic, so let’s get back to the recipe:

Bread dough:

This is a lean dough, which means that it is not enriched with any kind of fat in the form of butter, oil or yolks. This makes a crusty, crunchy bread.

Makes: 4 wreaths 10cms in diameter ; Duration: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour – 360gms

Water – 180ml

Dry yeast – 10gms

Salt – 4gms

Sugar – 4gms

Grated cheese – 50gms

Parsley-garlic butter – 20gms (recipe below)

Method:

1.Preheat oven at 180 degree C.

2.Dissolve the yeast in about 20ml of water with the sugar. Let it sit.

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where all the magic begins!

3.Combine salt and flour. Make a crater in the flour; add the yeast solution and water. The water MUST be LUKEWARM, as temperature is crucial in yeast activation. If the water is too hot, you will deactivate the yeast, too cold and they will not care and stay inactive. (I’m beginning to realize that this sounds a lot like the process of attracting a woman! :P) Combine till it forms dough. Knead the dough till it is smooth and elastic. Kneading is important, since this develops the gluten in the flour, giving it that coveted chewiness.

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4.Make a ball of the dough and place it in a greased bowl. Keep it some place warm and let rise  for 30 minutes. This is called proofing.

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5.Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Spread the rectangle with the butter. Sprinkle with cheese. Cut the rectangle into half lengthwise.

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6.Roll each piece into a log. Cut each log in half.

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7.Now twist two halves into a braid, ensuring that the filling part always faces up.

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8.Cut the braid in half and make a wreath from each piece. Brush each wreath with melted butter.

P1070305Clearly, I believe that more butter is better!

9.Place the wreaths on a well-greased tray and let them rise for 30 minutes. Bake till golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

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In hindsight, I realized that this is a rougher version of  laminated dough 😀 Hence the gorgeous layers. Yasss!

Parsley-garlic butter:

You can customize this butter by adding whatever seasoning and herbs you like.

Makes: enough for the above quantity of dough, Duration: 15minutes

Ingredients:

Salted butter – 20gms

Parsley, finely chopped – 2tbsps

Jalapenos, finely chopped – 2tbsps

Garlic bread seasoning – 2tbsps or

Garlic, finely chopped – 1tbsp

Method:

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  1. Cream all together.

And that’s all, folks!

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 nom nom nom! crunchy buttery goodness!

 

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