22
Jul

Best Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

There's nothing quite like a warm, fresh loaf of garlic bread. With its crispy crust and soft, fluffy interior, it's the perfect vessel for soaking up all of that delicious tomato sauce.

But sometimes, store-bought garlic bread just doesn't cut it. That's why we're going to show you how to make the best garlic bread ever - from scratch!

So gather your ingredients and get ready to indulge in some serious comfort food goodness.

Start by making good quality bread.

There's nothing quite like warm, freshly-baked, hand-made bread. And when it comes to garlic bread, the quality of the bread is especially important.

Ingredients:

  • 150 grams 00 flour
  • 150 grams of all-purpose flour 
  • 8 grams of fine salt
  • 2 grams of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine both of the flours and the salt.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together 200 grams of lukewarm tap water, the yeast and the olive oil. Then pour this into the flour mixture.

Knead the mixture with your hands until well combined, approximately 3 minutes, then let the mixture rest for 15 minutes. Knead rested dough for another 3 minutes.

Cut into 2 equal pieces and shape each into a ball.  Place on a well-floured surface or bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Allow your dough to rest and rise for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature, or for 8 to 24 hours in the fridge. (If you refrigerate the dough, remove it 30 to 45 minutes before you begin to shape)

Once your dough has risen, to make your pizza bases, place each dough ball on a well-floured surface and use your fingers to stretch it. Then use your hands to shape it into circles.

Mince the garlic finely

Mincing garlic is an important step in making garlic bread. If the garlic is not minced finely, it will not disperse evenly throughout the bread and some bites will be much more garlicky than others.

To mince garlic, first, peel off the skin. Then, using a sharp knife, chop the garlic into small pieces.

You can also use a food processor to make quick work of mincing the garlic. Just be sure not to overdo it, or you'll end up with garlic paste instead of finely minced garlic.

Once the garlic is minced, simply add it to the bread dough along with the other ingredients.

Be generous with the butter

Many people are stingy with the amount of butter they use, resulting in garlic bread that is dry and lacking in flavour.

If you want to make the best possible garlic bread, then you need to be generous with the butter. Spread it on thick, so that every bite is oozing with flavour.

And don't be afraid to really pile on the garlic, as this is what gives the bread its distinctive taste.

With a little bit of care and attention, you can easily make garlic bread that is truly mouth-watering.

So next time you're in the mood for some garlicky goodness, don't hold back on the butter - go ahead and spread it on thick!

Bake the garlic bread

There are many great things in life, but one of the truly greatest things is biting into some crispy garlic bread that is crunchy and golden at the crust, yet gets softer and oozing with garlic the more bites you take.

Don’t forget to add any extra toppings such as oil, rosemary, a pinch of salt, and some basil to top things off.

To get the best result when baking your garlic bread, bake at 200 degrees in a preheated oven on a warmed baking tray for 8-15 minutes. Serve hot, fresh, and enjoy!

Come and join us for some tasty Garlic Bread!

If you’re in the area, why not come and join us for some luxuriously tasteful melt-in-the-mouth garlic bread to accompany your meal?

At Pezzo D’Italia, it’s safe to say that we know what we’re doing when it comes to food. We make sure to use only the finest, freshest ingredients to make your meal an experience like no other.

If you do decide to try out this garlic bread recipe, be sure to tag @pezzo_d_italia in any posts or images you share on social media!