Bread is great with a whole host of meals including soups (why not try it with my carrot and coriander soup) and stews, and this delicious cheesy garlic bread goes incredibly well with simpler tasting dishes as its flavour bursts through, making it the perfect accompaniment.
I’ve made this loads of times and in never fails – it’s gorgeous and simple, and with only one rise, it is quick and effortless (if making yeast bread worries you, why not check out my simple tips). What more could you ask for?
400-500g (3-4 cups) strong white bread flour (you could use half wholemeal)
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
30g (2 tablespoons) butter (needs to be quite soft)
50-100g (1/2 - 1 cup) grated strong cheese
I use fresh yeast in my bread. If you need to convert to dried, check out this helpful advice.
~ Dissolve the yeast in the warm water, then add the honey and oil, stir and leave for around ten minutes.
~ In a separate bowl, mix 3 cups (300g) of the flour and salt, and then pour in the liquid. Add just as much flour as necessary to make a sticky dough and then pour out on to a floured surface.
~ Knead for about 5 minutes only adding more flour when the dough becomes tricky to handle and continue until it is soft and smooth. Place in a well-greased 9×13 inch baking tin and stretch it to reach the edges of the tin.
~ Chop the garlic really finely (you can crush it if you prefer), add to the softened butter and mix to combine. Gently slather all over the dough. Sprinkle with as much cheese as you fancy (a little goes a long way) and then leave under a towel in a warm place for about 40 minutes.
~ Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and bake the bread for about 25-30 minutes. Check it is ready by turning the bread out and knocking it on the bottom (it will sound hollow if ready).