French Bread with Sweet Garlic and Herb butter

Along with my Sweet Blueberry Rolls and Blueberry Lemon Sauce, I made bread to go with dinner. I was super serious when I said I was on a crazy baking kick.

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water (110-125 degrees)

1 packets quick rise yeast

1 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons of good olive oil

3-3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for butter:

1/2 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons of SOFT butter

2 garlic cloves

Basil

Oregano

Olive Oil

Parsley

1. I seriously love the knead/bread attachment on the KitchenAide mixer. It’s a miracle. In the bowl, dump in your packet of yeast, water and table spoon of sugar. Gently mix and let sit for 5 minutes. This gives the yeast time to activate, eat the sugars and get bubbly. You will know its ready because a sort of foam forms and you can smell that yeasty bread smell.

2. After the yeast has activated, add your flour and salt. Turn on your mixer to medium-low. You may need to use a spatula and scrape the sides a bit.

3. Once the ingredients are incorporated, set the mixer to medium and let it do its job. It should take about 3 minutes. Normally, this part would be done by hand, but thankfully, the mixer hooked me up.

4. In a large bowl, grease with olive oil. Plop the dough into the bowl, using your hand, coat the top in oil as well. Cover with a towel and place in a warm environment. We have a warming area on our stove. While I was mixing I turned this on. As I was prepping the bowl and such I turned it off. This gave the dough a nice warm place to rise without baking it. Set the timer for at least an hour. I let mine go an hour and a half.

5. While the dough is rising… On a piece of foil, peal your garlic, drizzle in olive oil and wrap in a little packet. Place this packet on the grill or in an oven set to 350 degrees. Every 10 minutes flip, for about a half of an hour. When this is done, remove the packet from the heat.

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6. Either in the foil or a bowl, with a fork, smoosh the garlic. It is going to smell AH-Mazing. To the garlic add your honey, SOFT butter, and herbs to taste.

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7. After the dough has risen, dump on a lightly floured surface. Pre-heat your oven to 375. Roll out your dough to a rectangle shape. With your hands, smear on the butter.

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8. Fold over the dough and crimp/fold the sides and ends to keep it all together. Place on a greased and lightly floured baking sheet. With a serrated knife, slice in shallow, angled cuts to give it that classic “french bread” look.

9. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the roll is a nice golden brown. Serve warm. Additional butter is always an option. 🙂

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