Garlic breads are the easiest snacks to stop your cravings. I loved the way Dominoes prepared their garlic bread sticks. Being in Ireland, I missed these bread sticks alot as the Dominoes here didn’t prepare such bread sticks. Then, I thought, why to wait for a trip to India, lets prepare them here itself. And I came up with this heavenly bread. These soft and crispy bread sticks dipped in cream cheese dip are just awesum to munch anytime. Be it evening snacks or friends at home, everyone goes drooling over. Lets not waste time and start of with the recipe.
Proofing Time: 24 hours (approx)
Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes.
1 cup All purpose Flour (Maida)
1 tsp instant active dry yeast
½ tsp sugar
¼ cup lukewarm water
3 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
1 tbsp olive oil
3-4 garlic pods (crushed) or garlic powder
Freshly crushed black pepper powder
½ cup cornmeal flour
In a small bowl, add sugar and yeast and mix with lukewarm water. Keep aside for the yeast to activate. This might take around 10 minutes. The froth will start to form once it has activated.
In another large bowl, add the all purpose flour, salt, olive oil, crushed garlic, one spoonful of butter and mix them well. Now, add in the yeast mixture, oregano seasonings and black pepper and knead them to form soft dough. It will be a bit difficult to handle but continuous kneading will help to form soft and sticky dough. This will help to form gluten. The stickiness is essential for the correct dough.
Knead them to a round ball and grease it with olive oil. Keep it covered with a cling film or plastic wrap for approx 24 hours or less. Place the dough in the refrigerator.
If you cannot control, you can use the dough after a couple of hours too, In such a case, don’t keep it in refrigerator. Instead keep it in a warm place and let it proof. The best way is to turn on your microwave and pre-heat it. Once it is warm, switch it off and place the dough inside for an hour. But, the results after 24 hours will definitely be undefined.
Take the dough out and knead it for 5-7 minutes. Dust some cornmeal flour on a flat surface and knead the dough. Cornmeal flour gives a crispy texture to the garlic bread. In case, you don’t get this flour, you can go with semolina flour as well. Roll the dough into a round base and fold it to half (semi-circle). Don’t punch them, simply roll them into halves. Apply the butter generously over the dough crust. The more the butter, the tastier it turns. Place the rolled crust on a parchment sheet of a baking tray. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes. Sprinkle some oregano seasoning all over the crust. Make long slits along the crust and place it to bake. Bake it for 10 minutes or till you get the desired colour of the garlic bread.
Serve hot and enjoy with cheesy dip.