Friday, January 8, 2016

Garlic Parmesan (And a Little Cajun) Bread - 52 Side Dish Recipes

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Time for another Bread Machine Bread!

I love my bread machine.  I bake a fresh variety of bread almost every week.  I use the machine to do all of the heavy lifting that folks seem to hate about making bread.

Dump the ingredients in...
Set the machine to the "DOUGH" setting...
Let the machine do the Mixing...
Let the machine do the Kneading...
And let the machine do the first rise...

From there, you can shape the dough as you like.

Today I was planning to make some type of dipping bread for a soup (leftover Turkey from Christmas... Makes a great soup... But I digress.

This is a great dipping bread.  Enough flavor that the taste does not get lost in the soup flavors.  A tight enough crumb that the bread does not fall apart or get gummy when dipped.

There are three extra flavors in the bread.  Two forms of garlic (cause I like it twice as much!).  There is trick to getting the garlic paste from fresh garlic... Take the garlic cloves and mash them with the flat of a chef's knife.  Then mince this as fine as you can.  Add a small sprinkle of salt to draw out the liquid in the garlic and repeat the mash with the flat and mince with this glob until you have a paste (2 or 3 more times).  This gets you a powerful Punch of garlic flavor  that really makes the bread sing!

Fresh grated Parmesan will get you a better Parm flavor.  A little salty, nutty extra something/something that shows up in flavor.  This is a great sandwich bread as well as a wonderful dipping dread for my soup...

Stay warm and ENJOY!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Garlic Parmesan
(And a Little Cajun) Bread

  • 1 Cup Plus 3 TBS Water (warm, about 110 degrees)
  • 3-1/4 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1-1/2 TBS Sugar
  • Large Pinch of Salt
  • 1 TBS Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly Grated)
  • 1 TBS Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Mashed, Minced, add a sprinkle of Sea Salt and then smash into a pulp)
  • 1 Package Instant Bread Machine Yeast
Cooking Directions
  1. In the bowl of the bread machine, add all of the ingredients in the order listed..
  2. Set your machine to the "DOUGH" setting and allow the machine to do all of the mixing, kneading and rising. About an hour and a half total.
  3. When the machine is done, Pull the dough from the bowl. Form into the size of a ball. Cut this ball in half, creating 2 pieces. Take those two pieces, Roll these two pieces into a long tube shapes each about 18 inches long (short "Baguette" look)
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Lay the loafs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Cover with a towel and allow a second rise for 30 minutes.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve Warm to room temperature and ENJOY!
This bread makes a fantastic Cheesy Garlic Bread, perfect for dipping in a soup!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

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