Cakes & Bakes: Tear and share garlic bread

Home-made tear and share garlic bread | H is for Home

We both love pasta and very often the simplest dishes are the best. Spaghetti with tomato sauce, which we cooked today, is one such example. Fresh basil leaves, cracked black pepper and a few shavings of Parmesan are all that’s required to finish to perfection!

Activate yeast | H is for Home

We love some form of crusty bread served on the side of our pasta dishes.

Chopped garlic | H is for Home

Justin spotted a delicious looking tear and share garlic bread on one of his recent Pinterest browsing tea breaks.

Dough balls dipped in garlic butter | H is for Home

The method was quick and easy – and the results delicious.

Garlic dough balls in loaf tins | H is for Home Cooked tear and share garlic bread | H is for Home

It’s a very flexible recipe in terms of potential ingredients. Ours was flavoured predominantly with garlic & oregano, but many other herbs such as parsley, rosemary or chives could also be used. Olives, sun-dried tomatoes or small cubes of cheese would also be perfect additions.

Plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce with tear and share garlic bread | H is for Home

The perfect bread to wipe that plate clean! Click here to save the recipe to Pinterest.

Tear and share garlic bread
Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the dough
  1. 120ml/4¼ fl oz warm water
  2. 1tbsp caster sugar
  3. 1tsp active dry yeast
  4. 15g/4½oz butter, softened
  5. 120ml/4¼ fl oz milk
  6. 1tsp salt
  7. 400g/14oz bread flour
For the garlic butter
  1. 60g/2oz butter, melted
  2. 1tbsp fresh oregano or ½tsp dried oregano
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 1tsp coarse saltHome-made tear and share garlic bread ingredients
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For the dough
  1. In a small measuring jug, stir the yeast and sugar into the warm water until dissolved. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, quickly mix the salt and flour using your fingers
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the butter, milk and yeast mixture
  4. Using the dough hook, knead for 7-10 minutes. The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but clears sides. It will be soft and slightly sticky. Kneading can also be done by hand but will take around 10-12 minutes
For the garlic butter
  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, oregano and minced garlic. Set aside
To bring it all together
  1. Cut the dough into equal pieces and roll into balls **I made twelve 57g balls**
  2. Dip the balls, one by one, into the garlic butter mixture (make sure you leave a little aside)
  3. Lay the buttery dough balls into a greased 20cm x 10cm (8" x 4") loaf tin **I used 2 smaller tins**
  4. Cover the loaf and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size - about an hour
  5. After around 45 minutes, preheat the oven to 175ºC/350°F/Gas mark 4
  6. Brush the tops lightly with more of the garlic butter (still making sure a little is left)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Brush with the last of the garlic butter to glaze, sprinkle with the coarse salt and serve immediately
Notes
  1. Instead of oregano, you could use basil, parsley or rosemary
  2. You could also add a few halved olives, chopped sun-dried tomatoes or small cubes of cheese to the dough
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Adapted from Gather for Bread
Adapted from Gather for Bread
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Cakes & Bakes: Tear & share smoked garlic bread

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Home made tear & share smoked garlic bread | H is for Home

We’ve got a delicious tear and share smoked garlic bread for this week’s Cakes & Bakes post.

oven pans wiped with smoked garlic butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs

The majority of the recipe comes courtesy of Jamie Oliver with a few additions, omissions and twists. I can almost hear him say that, so it’s very apt.

Dough balls being made into tear & share smoked garlic bread

Jamie’s recipe uses plain, fresh cloves of garlic. I used the smoked garlic bulb that we had in our veg rack. I omitted the chopped parsley when making the garlic butter – I can’t stand it – despite the fact that the breath freshening properties would come in handy! Finally, he adds a teaspoonful of cayenne pepper which I swapped for smoked paprika – double smoky loveliness!

smoked garlic butter made in a mini-food frocessor

It has lots of air, yet it’s substantial too. The breadcrumbs are a revelation, adding a great crispy crunch. The garlic butter is punchy & intense. We used the word delicious at the start, but we’ll also throw in flavoursome, comforting and generally stupendous!

Tear & share smoked garlic bread in a pan | H is for Home

It’s the perfect bread to have on the side of a saucy pasta dish or bowl of salad.

Sweet potato muffins
Yields 12
Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  2. 200g/7oz flaked almonds
  3. 200g/7oz caster sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 120ml/4 fl oz vegetable oil
  6. 80ml/3 fl oz water
  7. 200g/7oz plain flour
  8. 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  9. ½tsp baking powder
  10. 1tsp ground cinnamon
  11. ½tsp saltSweet potato muffins ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ºF/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a 12-hole muffin tray or two 6-hole muffin tins or line with paper muffin cases
  3. Bake the sweet potatoes, skin on, for about 20 minutes until soft and cooked. Allow to cool before scraping the flesh out of the skins and mashing until all the lumps are removed
  4. Toast the flaked almonds, shaking a couple of times to get a uniform colour. This takes 5-8 minutes
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil and water until the sugar has dissolved
  6. Add the cooled, puréed sweet potato
  7. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the centre
  8. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry and combine well
  9. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, sprinkle a little demerara sugar on top of each and put in the oven
  10. Bake for 20 minutes before allowing to cool on a wire rack
  11. They can be eaten warm or cold and can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 5 days
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