Garlic-Herb Swirled Bread

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So yesterday I mentioned that I made a recipe for February's Improv Challenge but ran out of time to blog it before the due date. I figured there was no better of a time to share it with you than now.


Garlic-Herb Swirled Bread
Source: Stick a Fork In It
Servings: 1 loaf
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Ingredients:
    for the bread:
    • 1 tsp. dry active yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 
    • 1/2 cup milk 
    • 1 tbsp. white sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    for the garlic-herb swirl:
    • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
    • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1 tsp. dried basil 
    • pinch of kosher salt 
Directions:
1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the water and then sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until the yeast has dissolved.
2. Use the paddle attachment to stir in the milk, sugar and salt. Add in 1/2 cup of flour and mix on low speed.
3. Transfer to the dough hook and continue to add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough forms.
4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead by hand until smooth and slightly tacky. The dough should spring back when poked. Grease a bowl and transfer dough to the bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in sized, about 1 hour.
5. Meanwhile, combine the butter and herbs together. Set aside.
6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Spread the garlic-butter mixture generously around the dough. Starting at a short end, roll the dough up into a log and place into a loaf pan.
7. Cover the dough again and allow to rise again, about 1 hour.
8. Preheat the oven to 425. Place the loaf in the oven, reducing the temperature to 375. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
9. Remove bread from the loaf pan and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


I thought this bread was absolutely delicious! Especially when warmed up with some butter spread on it....oh boy was that super tasty! 

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