Bread is a commodity that can go well with anything! Be it soups, pastas, sausages, vegetables, you name it! We all love bread especially when it is good quality bread! I mean why buy bread when you have this great recipe? You do not know how many preservatives are in the store bought bread or how fresh they are, so why not make your own gourmet bread at home knowing exactly what is going into it? This recipe was one of the first recipes I have ever written down since back in 2008! My now husband and I thew a Luau party for our friends and I made this bread to go along with the other finger foods we had. This bread was a real hit as many people did not believe I made it. Today one of my friends, Lindy, told me she wanted a bread recipe and instantly, this is the bread I remembered making! She was at the party when I first made this bread but I am sure that she does not recall. The crust is a little more solid like regular homemade bread but the inside is soft, airy and melt in your mouth delicious. I must warn you that while kneading this bread the alluring aroma might trick you into wanting to eat a piece of the dough but behave yourself and wait until the bread is finished baking in the oven! Here is the 2012 version and I hope that you enjoy this bread recipe as mush as my hubby and I did tonight!
Garlic Herbed Bread
Preparation time:1 hour 35minutes
Cook time: 20-30 minutes
Yields: One long loaf or 20 3″ rolls or 10 6″ subs
2 ½ lbs (7 ½ cups) all-purpose flour
12 tbsp (6 oz) margarine
4 tbsp (2 ½ oz) shortening
1 pk 11 g instant yeast
1/8 cup pizza seasoning or oregano
2 heads garlic, finely grated
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 ¼ cups water
Combine the flour with all of the other ingredients except the water in a deep or wide mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, incorporate the margarine and the shortening into the flour mixture to form a bread crumb texture. Once bread crumb texture is formed, add in the water a little at a time, kneading continuously until all the flour mixture is combined with the water. Cover and set the dough aside in a warm place in your kitchen. Let the dough sit for 1 hour and 20-30 minutes to rise. At this point, the dough will double in size. Preheat the oven to 350°F. When raised, knead again and separate into parts to make multiple 3″ rolls or 6″ sub bread loaves. You can also use all of this dough to make 1 large loaf in a loaf pan. Knead each piece of dough again and form into desired shape. Place in a greased baking sheet or pan. Let rise for 5 minutes in pan and then put into a hot oven. Bake for 30 minutes or as long as the bread reaches the desired color depending on the shape and size.