Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Bread

Handmade, homemade bread is just the best. It can make a regular tin of tomato soup feel like the best thing you’ve eaten all week, make a quick snack of bread and butter feel luxurious and make a cheese board supper less about the cheese and more about the bread.

This particular bread is full of flavour, soft and thick. Me and Ste absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to bake it again.

Don’t try to substitute the roast garlic with raw garlic or lazy garlic. It just won’t be the same.

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Bread

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 7g fast acting yeast
  • 300ml tepid water
  • 40ml olive oil
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 large bulbs of garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with tin foil. Tear off the papery outside from the garlic bulbs, but leaveing on the skin, place on the tray and pour over the 2 tsps of oilve oil. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes until soft and leave to cool slightly.
  2. Squeeze the softened garlic from the skin and finely chop.
  3. Measure the flour into a large bowl and put the salt to one side and the yeast to the other.
  4. Pour in the 40ml of olive oil and two thirds of the water and mix together using a hand or even better in a large stand mixer with a dough hook.
  5. mix in the garlic and rosemary, then slowly add the remaining water until you have a soft dough and all of the flour has been combined.
  6. Knead on a slightly greased surface for around 10 minutes if doing it by hand, then place in a clean bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise in a warm spot until doubled in size (approximately 2 hours).
  7. Once risen, tip the dough onto a floured surface and knock back gently with your knuckles, to push out the air.
  8. Knead gently, then tuck the ends of the dough underneath to form a loaf shape. Place on a lined baking tray and leave to rise again for about an hour until almost doubled in size.
  9. Heat your oven to 220C/430F. Lightly make 2 or 3 shallow diagonal slices across the top of the risen dough with a VERY sharp knife. Pop in the oven a for 25 minutes. Lower the temperature to 200C/390F and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  10. Leave to cool slightly before cutting.

Serve as part of a cheese board, with farmhouse butter or with a bowl of piping hot tomato soup.

Enjoy!