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Roasted Garlic Bread

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

2 loaves (10 slices each)

I came up with this garlic bread recipe one very stormy morning when we lived on the beach in the Florida Panhandle. While lightning blinked over the Gulf and rain tap-tap-tapped on our balcony, the wonderful aroma of this bread baking gave me such a cozy feeling. —Barb Alexander, Princeton, New Jersey
Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 medium whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram or 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut top off garlic bulbs; brush with oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Squeeze softened garlic into a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, add the sage, marjoram and rosemary to the reserved roasted garlic.
  4. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Spread garlic mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam and ends to seal.
  5. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place loaves seam side down on pan; tuck ends under. With a sharp knife, make several slashes across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  6. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks; brush with butter.

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