Nothing tastes better than homemade bread.
Growing up, my mom made bread every week with our bread machine. The aroma of freshly baked warm bread filled our home, and mouths drooled at the smell.
Better than the smell of homemade bread is the taste.
Bread is soft, moist and full of delicious bready flavor. If it wasn’t obvious before, my favorite food in the world is bread.
Making bread might seem ambitious, but it isn’t. The dough rises for about 2 hours, which is the only part of naking bread that is time consuming. Sitting at home watching a movie? Make some bread. Studying? It’s bread time. Thirty minutes until your two-hour class? Perfect time for the dough to rise.
I swear to you, dear readers, making bread is not hard, and you won’t stop making this bread. Does a moist bread with alternating layers of bread and Parmesan cheese loaded with garlic and parsley sound good?
Yeah, I know it does.
Cook time: 30 minutes
Prep time: About 2 hours
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 ⅓ cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3 ½ to 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 stick (½ cup) salted butter
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried parsley
5 oz. tub of grated parmesan cheese
In a large mixing bowl, mix the yeast and water, then add olive oil, salt and 3 ½ cups of the flour. Depending on how sticky your dough is, add more flour to the dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until elastic. (To check, poke the dough. If it returns to original shape, then it is ready). Slosh some olive oil in a clean bowl to cover the bottom, put the dough in and cover with a clean towel.
Wait an hour and a half to two hours until the dough doubles in size. After the dough has risen, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a bread pan.
In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add garlic and parsley to the butter. Divide dough into small balls (about an inch in diameter), dip them into the butter mixture, and place them in the pan.
Leave little room between the dough. After one layer of dough is complete, cover it with a layer of parmesan cheese, about half of the tub. Repeat until the dough runs out. Usually there are two layers. Place in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the parmesan cheese is golden brown.
The dough will be a bit gooey with the cheese, which is the most delicious way to eat this bread. Pull off balls of the bread (which now form a loaf) and enjoy this pull-apart food wonder dipped in marinara sauce.