Garlic Pull Apart Bread

garlic pull apart bread

It’s been a bittersweet past few days. No, not because I’m sad to see the football season end (I don’t follow football)- but because I go back to work this Monday.

It’s Monday. Everyone goes back to work then, you say.

But for me, over the past weeks, that wasn’t the case. Since being laid off in early January I haven’t had an office I’ve had to go in to. Instead I’ve been exceptionally spoiled by all the Daddy and Baby Boy time I’ve been able to get. So you see, this Monday in particular is bittersweet for me.

I’m very excited to be starting this new job, it is a wonderful opportunity to further my career and make a difference in my little corner of the internet marketing world.

But I’ll miss seeing my Baby Boy as much as I have.

garlic pull apart bread

I’ll miss feeding him breakfast and lunch – we’ve gotten quite good, he and I, at making only a small mess together at meal time (should have seen us before!)

I’ll miss going for him when he wakes from his nap, when he snuggles over my shoulder, his head resting in the crook of my neck, and we just rock enjoying each other’s company for a few minutes before continuing our day.

I’ll miss taking 5 minute breaks from my computer – though I was laid off, I was still very much busy with freelance project work – to play with him, or just turn in my chair to watch him play and laugh.

I’ll miss him crying in protest when I walk away from him because I have to go back to my work but he wants me to stay and play.

And I’ll miss his big gummy smiles – now smiles with two tiny little front teeth – when he’d be carried into the room I am working in, upon seeing his Daddy and realizing I was still there.

I’ll miss him.

garlic pull apart bread

To be sure, I’m grateful to have a new job and very happy to be going back to work. Besides it being nice having a steady paycheck again, I truly like what I do. And I’m excited to face the new challenges this opportunity will present. And it’s not like I won’t get to see Baby Boy again. It will just be back to “normal” after our month of soaking up every precious minute of Baby and Daddy time.

Anyway…Let’s talk about food. :)

The Secret Recipe Club is back in session and this month I was assigned the food blog Sin-A-Mon Tales, written by Monika. Along with many mouth watering recipes, Monika shares some useful cooking tips and tricks on her site- everything from how to measure out honey without it sticking to the spoon (now I know!) to how to speed the softening of cold butter. There were so many tasty looking recipes to choose from, but we ultimately settled on garlic pull apart bread. The thing that drew me to this particular recipe, besides the garlic, is that Monika said she once feared yeast but now loves bread baking; a sentiment I fully share.

If you still haven’t baked your own bread yet (even after my attempts to lure you to do so with delicious tomato basil bread, cinnamon raisin bread, or pumpkin yeast bread), I highly encourage you to bake this garlic bread. It’s perfect just by itself, hot out of the oven, or accompanying a plate of pasta with some marinara sauce for dipping. Yum!

garlic pull apart bread

Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • For the garlic spread:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Add salt and flour and mix until well combined. Add olive oil and mix for about 5 minutes more until dough is smooth.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed by hand another minute. Form dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (we put it inside our oven with the light on) for 45 minutes or until doubled.
  3. While the dough rises, prepare the garlic spread by combing the butter, garlic, and cilantro in a small bowl.
  4. After dough has risen, transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out into a rectangle, at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Apply garlic spread evenly over the dough, then roll the dough lengthwise. Using a non serrated cut the dough in half. Cut the 2 halves into halves. And finally, cut those 4 halves into halves resulting in 8 rolled pieces of dough. Place the dough pieces cut side up in a sprayed loaf pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rest another 30 minutes.
  5. After final rise bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes. If your top does not crust up, turn on the broiler for final 2 minutes to get a nice brown top (just keep an eye on it). Enjoy warm!
http://thekeenancookbook.com/appetizer/garlic-pull-apart-bread

Recipe from: Sin-A-Mon Tales

garlic pull apart bread



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