There’s a certain Pizza delivery chain that is a bit hit and miss and very often, all miss, but they do have a pretty tasty version of the garlic bread. Unfortunately, by the time the garlic bread is delivered to its destination, it isn’t the soft, airy, buttery delight it was 30 minutes ago. It turns into a bit of a soggy memory of the hot, delicious bit of bread it used to be.
This is why one needs to bake these fresh at home! This recipe was found floating around on a Whatsapp group we’re a part of and is an adaptation of the recipe shared by Bombay Foodie. It’s a fantastic substitute and the fact that you’ve baked it at home is going to make you that much more pleased with it. Try it!
It’s not as drenched in richness as the original but that’s easily corrected by brushing some melted butter over the top once you pull your bread out of the oven.
Garlic Bread Fingers
1 1/2 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Instant Dry Yeast
1/2 cup Water
1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
2 tbs Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Garlic paste or Garlic powder
1 tbs Oregano or Italian Seasoning (or if like us, you save sachets of seasoning from pizza delivery places, use one)
Salt, to Taste
Heat the water for 20 seconds or until just warm. Add the yeast (and sugar if using) and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes till you see bubbles.
Mix together in a large bowl, 1 cup of Flour, 1 tbs Olive Oil and the yeast mixture. Cover and let this rise till it doubles, about 30 minutes to an hour.
Once it doubles, add the remaining 1/2 cup of Flour, Salt to taste and garlic and knead everything together till you achieve a smooth dough. Let the dough rest and rise for another 3o minutes to an hour till it doubles again.
Preheat your oven to 200°C and brush a baking sheet with some olive oil or line it with some baking paper.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape and transfer to the baking sheet. Smear the top with the remaining olive oil and the seasoning. Cut into strips and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top is golden.
Brush over the top with some melted butter for extra richness!