Pull-Apart Garlic & Herb Bread

  • There are two big reasons why this bread is extraordinary: first, it tears into pieces, so you don’t need a knife to serve it; second, the pieces are glued together with a buttery garlic and herb mixture, in a stunning architecture. This loaf is the piece de resistence that you proudly place in the middle of the table during a dinner among friends. You just have to sit and enjoy how everyone tears it apart, piece by piece. This loaf obviously has the wow factor, but it is also extremely delicious. It’s something inexplicably satisfactory about tearing into pieces, pieces that simply melt in your mouth and delight you with a buttery roasted garlic aroma. It’s amazing all year round, but during summer when the gardens abound in flavorful fresh herbs, this loaf is perfect. It’s a unique kind of bread, which you must try at least once.

Ingredients (for a loaf):

  • 420g strong bread flour – 3 cups
  • 120ml lukewarm water – ½ cup
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast – 5g
  • 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar – 15g
  • 1 heaping tsp of salt – 6g
  • 120ml milk – ½ cup
  • 1 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp butter  (60g)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley and thyme)

  1. Method: 
    1. In a small bowl combine water, sugar and yeast and let aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the mixture should be frothy.
    2. In a small saucepan combine the milk with 1 Tbsp of butter and heat it over low heat until the butter has melted.
    3. In a large bowl combine white flour and salt and make a well in the center. Add the yeast mixture and the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spatula until you form a ball.
    4. Bring the dough on a floured working surface and knead it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the dough should be smooth.
    5. Place dough in the bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm place for 50 minutes.
    6. After 50 minutes, place the dough back on the working surface and knead vigorously to knock out the air bubbles.
    7. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Elongate each quarter of dough with your hands. Cut each elongate piece into 12 smaller pieces (picture). Take each small piece and give it a circular shape using your hands (picture)
    8. Line a rectangular loaf tray with parchment paper.
    9. Melt the remaining 3 Tbsp pf butter in a small saucepan. Add the minced garlic and the chopped herbs.
    10. Dip each dough circle into the butter mixture and shake off the excess (picture).
    11. Cover the bottom of the tray with the first layer of circles of dough. Proceed the same until you use all the dough.
    12. Preheat the oven at 180°C / 350°F (gas mark 4).
    13. Cover the loaf with a clean towel and let it rise for 40 – 50 minutes.
    14. Bake it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
    15. Brush it with the remaining herbed butter (picture).
    16. Carefully place in on a wire rack to cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving.

     

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