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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Basil and Garlic Italian Bread

We had Italian Food again the other night,  it's a toss up whether we like Italian or Mexican better.  There are so many good recipes out there so you really have an endless supply of things to try.  Of course with putting your own twist on them makes it even better.

This is the bread I  made.  It's my simple go to recipe that can be changed to suit your likings.  This time I did basil and garlic.  I have fresh basil in my herb pot so what better to make than BREAD.   The family love it too.
This recipe only has 1 rise so you can have bread within 1 1/2 hours or less.  Fresh hot and tasty right out of your own oven.

2 pkgs instant yeast
2 TBL sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
4 1/4 - 4 1/2 cups ap flour  (you could use 1/2 whole wheat)
1 3/4 cup warm water
2 TBL veg. oil
2 tsp garlic powder
2 - 3 TBL fresh chopped basil
egg for wash on top

In large bowl of mixer add the yeast, sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.  Mix with paddle attachment until combined.  Add the water and oil and on medium speed beat the mixture for 3 minutes.  Change to the dough hook and 1/2 cup at a time add the remaining flour.  You may need more or less depending on the weather.  Mix for 6 minutes until you have a soft dough, it should not be sticky.  Remove from bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes.  It will rise a little, punch down then form you loaves.  This makes 3 large loaves so this recipe would be perfect for making and then freezing 2 loaves for your next Italian meal.  (I always wrap mine in aluminum foil then in freezer wrap, fresh bread every time.  Just pop in the oven for 5 minutes, be sure the bread is defrosted.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things YOU Love.

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